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Sex, Ideology and Religion: 10 myths about world population growth

November 29th, 2011 |

From Population Matters.  See http://populationmatters.org/2011/blog/sex-ideology-religion-10-myths-world-population-growth/ where you can download a full copy of the paper by Richard Ottaway.

Sex, Ideology and Religion: 10 myths about world population growth

In 1804 there were 1 billion people in the world, in 1960 3 billion people and this year on the 31st October the world population reaches 7 billion. The world population continues to grow with about 78 million people every year, more than the entire population of the UK.

This new Paper on Sex, Ideology and Religion: 10 Myths about Population Growth produced by Richard Ottaway MP and Genevieve Hutchinson challenges the key misunderstandings surrounding family planning and population growth. The myths:

  • The population explosion is over; It’s far from over!
  • Foreign aid is a waste of money and population growth is inevitable; Family Planning is one of the most cost-effective health interventions in the developing world
  • Technology and human ingenuity will solve our problems; If our patterns of consumption are imitated, as others are striving to do, the world probably is not viable
  • Development is the best contraception; No country has got itself out of poverty without first addressing population growth

  • Educating women and they will have fewer children; Education in itself does not mean women will have fewer children
  • Poor people choose to have large families to care for them in old age; Family size is the product of a complex combination of individual, socio-economic and cultural factors, and it often not the result of choice
  • Family planning programmes are coercive; Family Planning is not telling women what to do – it‘s
    listening to what they want!
  • Family Planning is against religious teaching; Family Planning is not against religious teaching
  • HIV and other diseases will solve the population problem; and Not saving people is not an option
  • It’s too late to do anything anyhow. It’s not too late!

Richard Ottaway MP said: “The World needs to get wise to the challenges and dangers of mass population growth. The population explosion is not over and it is not too late to meet the unmet need for contraception. The 10 Myths about world population growth has stalled development and all the highly commendable work done to date to achieve the Millennium Development Goals will be in vain if this vital factor is ignored.”

Baroness Jenny Tonge said: “Whether we can end poverty, hunger and deprivation and still live together on a healthy planet depends on policy decisions that are made now in the developing and developed countries, including the UK. We must act now by fulfilling contraceptive needs.”

To read the paper: http://populationmatters.org/documents/ten_myths.pdf

 

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One Response to “Sex, Ideology and Religion: 10 myths about world population growth”

  1. Steven Earl Salmony Says:

    It is one thing to ‘explode’ the myths; but it is something else to speak the truth to the powerful with regard to the explosive growth of absolute global human population numbers in our time, according to the best available scientific evidence. Please examine ubiquitously ignored, assiduously avoided and willfully denied scientific research by Hopfenberg and Pimentel on the subject of human population dynamics. Scientists with appropriate expertise have failed to assume their responsibilities to science and duties to humanity by refusing to review and report on this vital scientific evidence. The silence of scientists and the chatter of self-serving, greedmongering ideologues appear to be playing large roles in precipitating the destruction of the world we inhabit on our watch.

    http://www.7billionactions.org/story/1187-steven-earl-salmony

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