Why We Deny the Realities of Population Growth

July 8, 2013 • Climate Change & Mitigation, Family Planning, United States, Daily Email Recap

Why We Deny the Realities of Population Growth

On a recent trip to Mexico, I sat in the central square in Guanajuato watching a lively scene of children at play. Adorable as they were, I couldn’t help but notice how many of them had pregnant mothers with two or more children already in tow.

Scenes like this bring to mind the question of whether we have not only reached but already gone over a tipping point where the world’s finite resources will no longer support our growing population. Some “birth dearth” experts like Jonathan Last would say no, but others, like David Paxson, the President of World Population Balance, would say we are already long gone, and must — must — do something now to reduce births not just in the United States, but globally.

To say no is to deny the sobering realities of continued population growth. As evolved as humans are, one could argue that our ability to deny the truth is not so evolved. In fact, it could be one of the strongest forces that will lead us to our species’ demise.

As humans, we have evolved as social creatures, and have a need to belong. And to belong, we want to be seen as “normal,” as society defines it. These needs are reflected in our reproductive choices. Over generations, social and cultural conditioning has so strongly influenced us to believe that the human species is wired to want children. Our social evolution has bred staunch reproductive conformity, which did serve society at one time, but at 7+ billion and counting no longer does.

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