The population lobby’s ‘we’re all doomed’ diatribes against modern capitalism and the environment are a gold mine of sociological perversity but they may also attract a protest vote at the next federal election.
An Adelaide-based political party called Stop Population Growth Now (SPGN) is attempting to field a Senator at the next election if they can get the party registration numbers.
The executive of the SPGN is comprised of former members of the Australian Democrats, scientists, accountants and IT professionals. With the demise of the Democrats, they have morphed in to a millennial ‘save the earth’ party.
The SPNG is supported by the Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) whose president, Sandra Kanck, was a former South Australian upper house member. Ms Kanck has called on the Australian Government to implement a one-child policy in Australia while the SPGN wants to stop all immigration.
The SPNG’s aim is to “Reduce Australia's rate of population growthto zero as rapidly as possible. If the resulting stable population is still environmentally unsustainable then work to reduce the size of the population until we achieve environmental sustainability.”
This astonishing statement means they want to use individual consumption data to determine one’s sustainability on the earth. So if you have an open fire, drive a six-cylinder car and have a high power bill, you’re in line for a visit from the eco-fascist police. The SPNG are hit men for Mother Nature.
The appeal of the SPNG is emotional, visual and psychological. The SPNG ask us to envision humans as vermin ravaging mother earth, much as the Nazis depicted Jews as rats.
Here are some facts. The SPNG know that population across Western Europe is falling and is leveling off across most of Asia. Below is a 2010 UN graph of global population by area.
Notice how global population trends off for all regions except Africa. Why does it do that?
The first reason is that contrary to some socio-biologists, humans are not rabbits. Humans create schools, plant crops on terraces, make their own fertilizer and grow food to ensure survival. Humans have memory, technics and planning skills to maximize crop productivity. Rabbits don’t. Malthus didn’t realize that, nor did he take in to account the value of education, the benefits of trade or technological advancement. Plus, to be honest, Malthus wasn’t much of a mathematician.
The central reason why global population trends down in Asia is improved education. From about the end of World War Two there has been a concerted effort to raise the educational standards of the Asian people. This is one of the great achievements of mankind in the last 50 years and Australian universities played a part in this. Smarter people have less children because their options are greater.
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