Welcome to a new population organization, Sustainable Population Brazil, formed by Paula Simas in Brasilia. Her website is at http://populacaosustentavel.wordpress.com, where she is posting daily blogs. If you don’t know Portuguese, you can copy and paste these articles into Google Translate at http://translate.google.com/#auto|en|.
Here’s a Google translation of their February 4 distribution:
U.S. and virtually every American country needs to lower their fertility rate
The ecological footprint of Brazilians is low only because the majority of people live precariously.
According to the UN, countries like the United States, Brazil and Mexico also need to reduce the growth of their populations.
Many believe that discussions about reducing the world population is talk of rich countries. True, the rich countries prefer that poor countries reduce their populations and do not want to change your lifestyle. Only invest in green technologies such as whether global warming was the only one of our environmental problems.
The United States, with a population of about 310 million and total fertility rate above replacement level, are already unsustainable in all respects. The Mississippi River, for instance, turns out to 17.330 meters water per second into the Gulf of Mexico – an area that is already considered one of the largest dead zone on the planet. Here there is no longer enough oxygen to support life. Crustaceans, fish, sharks no longer swim in the waters of the Gulf. Every day, fertilizers, sewage and a ton of other chemicals in industrial activity and for personal use from several states flow into the Mississippi. The United States consumes more than all the world’s poor countries. It would be good news if the U.S. population nearly halve?
Many say that the population reduction is a concern of rich countries and that the Brazilian population is almost stabilized. True, the rich do not want to stop drinking, but the Brazilian population is already unsustainable for our country. According to the survey from the National Household Sample Survey (PNAD) in 2010, 30.2% of Brazilian households still live with food insecurity. We demand the consumption of rich countries, but we forget that our carbon footprint is low only because the majority of the population lives in shacks, it takes two hours or more to get to work, has no access to health and education. We demand from rich countries, but we forget that our middle class and upper-consuming like the big boys now.
Mexico City is sinking, no more water in underground aquifers. The population lives daily with water scarcity.
The great environmental calculated by the Optimum Population Trust UK NGO holds for all countries. According to his calculations the optimum population is around 2.8 billion with average consumption footprints all over the world.