I often think that overpopulation of the earth is like the elephant in the room politically, and socially speaking. If you look into population growth estimates, and recent growth it is scary. Almost unfathomable to me that we as a planet don't address this issue soon. When I was a kid there were 5+ billion people, then 6 billion, now there's already 6.76 billion people in the world! I'm only 32 years old, so this is an alarming rate to me. That number could be more than 10 billion before 2050 and accelerating.
This just brings a ton of questions to mind.
Do we need to tax the planet's resources like that?
How many people can the planet actually sustain?
How can we go on growing without driving out all the species that we have left?
What should we do about it?
Why is it such a taboo subject that the media ignores it?
What would the Humanist/Atheist approach to this problem be?
Personally I think restrictions should be put in place according to population density/ resource use/ overall pop. Thus The US, and India, and china would be among the first to have restrictions imposed on birth per family. I'm not sure what exactly China has in place but something like that would have to be put in place globally. Exceptions would need to be made on moral grounds in situations like loss of a child, and others. Go beyond the imposed limit, and be taxed. Possibly other measures as well. All taxes, penalties could be adjusted up for higher income levels. Upon starting the measures all current children would not count against the family, but any additional births could result in more taxes/ penalties if it took you beyond the limit of your country/ area. No matter where in the world you are, making a Duggar style family or anything approaching it would be prohibitively expensive!
What are every ones thoughts on this?
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