"Overpopulation"

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Concept.png "Overpopulation"
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Interest of• Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
• Chris Elias
• Bill Gates
• Population Council
• The Good Club
• Ted Turner
Predecessor(s)eugenics
A less obviously racist replacement for eugenics, designed to shift focus away from over consumption.

"Overpopulation" is a word used to suggest that there are too many people. It is typically used by those in countries with relatively low populations that are high consumers of material goods. The term is also a replacement for the word "eugenics", which was discredited after the defeat of the Nazis in 1945.

Victim blaming

The word "overpopulation", and a lot of the associated dogma and language conjures a simple frame of scarcity by sharing a fixed amount of things between too many people. To the extent that this overlooks a history and/or present of plunder by colonial powers (i.e. "developed" nation states) it is a form of victim blaming: people here are poor because there are too many of them, not because the country has been looted by foreigners determined to get more resources which they themselves deplete at an unjustifiable high rate.

Advocates

Macfarlane Burnet

The Nobel prize winner Frank Macfarlane Burnet, in 1947, secretly urged the Australian government to develop biological weapons for use against Indonesia and other overpopulated countries of South-East Asia by targeting food crops and spreading infectious diseases.[1][2]

National Security Study Memorandum 200

NSSM 200 from December 10, 1974, also called 'The Kissinger report', concluded that: "a far larger, high-level effort is needed [...] to bring population growth under control" and "although world population growth is widely recognized within the Government as a current danger of the highest magnitude calling for urgent measures, it does not rank high on the agendas of conversations with leaders of other nations".[3]

Global 2000

The 'Global 2000 Report to the President' from August 1, 1980 predicted: "The environment will have lost important life-supporting capabilities. By 2000, 40 percent of the forests still remaining in the LDC's in 1978 will have been razed. The atomspheric concentration of carbon dioxide will be nearly one-third higher than preindustrial levels. Soil erosion will have removed, on the average, several inches of soil from croplands allover the world. Desertification (including salinization) may have claimed a significant fraction of the world's rangeland and cropland. Over little more than two decades, 15-20 percent of the earth's total species of plants and animals will have become extinct -- a loss of at least 500,000 species" concluding "thus anyone with a present life expectancy of an additional 50 years could expect to see the world population reach 10 billion. The same rate of growth would produce a population of nearly 30 billion before the end of the twenty-first century. Here it must be emphasized that, unlike most of the Global 2000 Study projections, the population projections assume extensive policy changes and developments to reduce fertility rates".[4]

Georgia Guidestones

The Georgia Guidestones, a monument in Georgia whose financially wealthy erectors wanted to remain anonymous, propose a limit of 500,000,000 humans on the planet.


 

Related Quotations

PageQuoteAuthorDate
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Bill Gates“First, we've got population. The world today has 6.8 billion people. That's headed up to about nine billion. Now, if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by, perhaps, 10 or 15 percent.”Bill Gates
Innovating to zero TED talk
18 February 2010


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