No. There is no overpopulation problem. There’s an over-consumption problem, a racism problem, a blaming-the-poor problem.
What countries are responsible for the most environmental damage? The wealthy countries, with low population growth rates.
What countries are responsible for exponential resource depletion? The wealthy countries. The US, for example, has 5% of the world’s population and consumes 25-30% of the world’s resources, and contributes 30% of the world’s greenhouse gases.
The population growth rate is slowing down, and we will reach our peak in approximately 2050, at 9 billion. There is enough food produced right now to feed that many people.
People aren’t starving because of our population. The environment isn’t being destroyed because of population. So why are we blaming our problems on population? The only reason I can think of is to lift the blame from the wealthy nations, from ourselves. Treat people in the Third World like over-breeding cattle who can’t think for themselves. Force sterilisation on unwilling women. Breathe a sigh of guilty relief when a few of those cattle die from a natural disaster (that was most likely caused by global warming, a problem created by industrialised nations).
Stop playing the anti-PC game: You know, the one where you claim that anybody who suggests being humane and looking at facts is just being “politically correct.”
I’m glad some of you found solace in the fact that the OP feels the same way you do. Just know that that doesn’t make you any more of a moral person.
I just think that the number of people on the planet is too much, especially with the growth rate. We don’t kill people off. We just have to be careful. You cannot ignore that we have a population that is threatening to tip us over the edge because we take and take and take. It doesn’t matter who takes. Take less, share what we have. If we reach our peak population, even if we have the ability to provide for that many people, what happens when we surpass that, even if we have come to a place where we can provide? I just don’t want to see this planet lost - regardless of the place we are at. Even in an ideal situation - where our resources are evenly distributed - we can surpass the amount of people our planet can handle. What happens then?
We need to fix our population problem, and be more responsible about reproducing. (The crazy tv families with 20 kids? Yeah. None of those.)
This is just as important, though, as fixing our over-consumption problem (which is part of why the over-population problem is so bad - because the minority takes more than the majority.)
It is also just as important as fixing our racism problem. Nothing will ever come of our progress until all people are treated equally, and with equal respect towards their human lives.
It is also just as important as fixing our blaming-the-poor problem. Nothing will ever come of blaming the poor, and the rich will only reap the rewards that should be equally dispersed.
ALL FOUR OF THESE THINGS ARE IMPORTANT PROBLEMS THAT NEED TO BE SOLVED, but without first fixing our tendency to blame the poor, fixing our racism, and fixing our over-consumption, we will never be able to solve our population problem and get the human race under control, preventing us from using all our resources and fucking ourselves over beyond repair.
(Also, the OP’s pic. What the fuck is wrong with you? No one deserves to die, even if it would help solve a problem.)