As is so common this article about land and agriculture problems in Africa spends little time on the only meaningful solution: population control. The continent wouldn’t have the problems it does these days if contraception, family planning and family size were treated as legitimate solutions and pushed by governments and foreign aid providers.
The same solutions need to be pushed to the forefront worldwide. Environmental problems and resource scarcity won’t improve until we limit our growth.
Loss of Fertile Land Fuels ‘Looming Crisis’ Across Africa https://nyti.ms/2u72OP6
When it comes to the environment, population growth, and many of our social problems, the quotes below apply more aptly to our entire planet, not just Israel. These are things we don’t talk about but should.
we’re addressing only symptoms, not causes.
environmental problems are largely a function of a rapid increase in population. The country will never be able to control greenhouse gases, maintain even minimal levels in our rivers and streams or protect our fragile habitats if this demographic growth continues at such an astonishing rate.
Housing shortages and soaring prices are a national affliction, all fueled by ever-growing demand.
Rapid increases in population are driving our environmental problems.
The part of the article about poverty applies more so to our whole world than to Israel alone.
We need to see population as the driving force behind many of our worst problems.
Poverty, too, will never be reduced until the country checks the relentless expansion of its population. More than a quarter of Israeli children live below the poverty line; a majority of those live in families with five or more children. Israeli children growing up in families with two siblings or fewer, regardless of ethnic identity or religious affiliation, generally enjoy better opportunities.
Israel’s Looming Demographic Crisis http://nyti.ms/2anLb7E
One way for sure to start piloting this plane would be to adopt sound global population policies. Cutting growth where it is least sustainable would have untold benefits on climate, environment, food and water issues.
Its not a new idea, but one worth revisiting. By supporting policies that bring education, particularly for girls, and contraception to the developing world everbody benefits.
NYTimes: Reducing Carbon by Curbing Population