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Pope offers hope but then stumbles
#1 Posted : Wednesday, July 22, 2015 5:03:22 PM(UTC)
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Even a well intended Pope ultimately lacks seriousness when he leaves out the one thing that all the other problems pivot off of. No surprise to say it is overpopulation.


“If Pope Francis is serious about addressing the overexploitation of planetary resources, then he must recognise the link between human numbers and environmental destruction. The rates of growth of both consumption and population are equivalent and tackling one without tackling the other is like fighting a dangerous foe with one hand tied behind one's back.

“Yes, the Pope is right about the unequal distribution of food and other resources but the reality is that, if world population was only one-third of its current level of more than 7.3 billion, he might not have been in the position of having to release his statement.

“Even if the rich third of the world disappeared entirely and the remaining poorer two thirds were able to reduce their poverty by doubling their resource consumption, such are their numbers that the climate change problem would not be solved. Numbers as well as consumption do matter.

“Pope Francis says people must adjust their consumption of resources and production of waste, yet even if these were brought under control – highly unlikely given recent trends – world population could hit 9.6 billion by 2050 and 11 billion by 2100.

“In these predicted circumstances even assuming that all the issues of exploitation could be overcome, any gains would be lost with an extra 3.5 billion people taking up their meagre share of the remaining resources.
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