Many environmentalists, including, dare I say, the majority of A Climate For Change members, believe that tackling climate change involves halting population growth.
Halting the world's population growth is not possible even if that is what you desire. Speeding up developing countries on their path to development would certainly lower world birthrates, but that is rather a positive externality of a seperate issue.
I agree with Tanveer Ahmed when he told last year’s Our current immigration rate is too high IQ2 debate that, reflecting on the NSW government’s (note the lowercase ‘g’) performance; population problems are most often problems arising due to poor management rather than natural limitations.
Admittedly the Murray Darling Basin is in turmoil. And as the main supplier of irrigation water to Australia’s food bowl (anyone know figures of agricultural production as % of Oz total?), people use this as evidence to say Australia is full. However the economics of this analysis points to the contrary. If food shortages were so critical or even predicted into the future – basic food prices would be soaring right? And farmers would be price setters rather than going broke due to the Coles/Woolworths duopoly making them price takers (i.e Coles and Woolworths largely decide the price they will pay for agricultural products, hinting at small levels of real scarcity). My point is that farming in Australia would be far more profitable if our nation was even close to being full.
I agree with Maxine McKew who wrote:
The New Yorker writer David Owen has shown the way in his book Green Metropolis. He argues, far from being an ecological nightmare, densely populated New York presents a model of an environmental utopia. New Yorkers consume less oil, electricity and water than other Americans. They live in smaller spaces, consume less, discard less and spend far less time in cars. Manhattan residents rank first in public transport and last in per capita greenhouse gases. Its wealth, dynamism and talent bank combine to make it one of the buzziest places on the planet.
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