Baby boomers used to have sit-ins. Now Baby-boomer bloggers have bullshit-ins.
Today, all the world’s bloggers are being nagged to spend the day blogging about the environment. Since we in The Crowd are all about ruminating and fulminating about communications, I’ll oblige with this topic: “What environmental topic is most ignored by the news media?”
My nomination: Population control.
Whatever you think about the issue, you have to admit controlling population can control nearly every environmental problem there is. A smaller world population would produce less pollution and use less energy and other natural resources. Worldwide population is projected by the United Nations to increase by about 40% between now and the time I’ll be enjoying strained peas in a nursing home. It that happens it won’t be enough that we all are dutifully driving hybrids, recycling our milk jugs, screwing in twirly light bulbs, and attending environmental concerts. The planet will be in deeper doo-doo than it is today.
While all this procreating is happening, when was the last time you saw coverage of the issue?
By the way, don’t you dare accuse me of promoting forced abortion, infanticide, one child mandates, same sex marriage, sterilization or anything of the sort. Those practices are abhorrent, and we should be doing more to stop them. I’m simply promoting 1) a more vigorous worldwide discussion about the personal and planetary benefits of smaller families and 2) providing birth control products and education to all who lack it and want it.
I am the youngest of a family of eight, so it’s a good thing this debate wasn’t raging in the early 1960s. I also am the father of three, so I’m being even more hypocritical than usual.
But all I’m saying is this: Oceans of ink are being dedicated to debating environmental tactics that, while noble, are relatively inconsequential. At the same time, we are almost entirely ignoring a debate about a tactic that, if successfully implemented, at least would make a decent dent in our most pressing problems.
Whether you agree or disagree about whether we should be doing more to control the world’s population, shouldn’t we at least be having a more vigorous public debate about it?