Sus­tain­able pop­u­la­tion?

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Our Wild World -

In re­sponse to Su­san Fran­cis’s let­ter (Hu­man Pop­u­la­tion, Feed­back, Novem­ber 2018),

I would like to add that the hu­man pop­u­la­tion is in­creas­ing by 80 mil­lion peo­ple a year! How can an in­tel­li­gent race of hu­mans think this is right and sus­tain­able, and al­low it to hap­pen? Un­for­tu­nately, it is in our genes to breed with­out think­ing about the con­se­quences. Where I live in New Zealand the prob­lem is al­most never aired in the me­dia.

I would sug­gest that, at this time in Earth’s his­tory, it is wrong for cou­ples to have chil­dren at all. We should ed­u­cate peo­ple world­wide to this ef­fect, even if we have slipped up and had chil­dren our­selves. Stephen Conn, New Zealand

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