population limit

It is great to see that someone has mentioned population as this absolutely key element is usually missing. We at the Island Bay World Service (www.ibws.blogspot.com) have held a series of debates and concluded that population control is the number one global issue. Why?

The world is overpopulated and there has been an absurd population explosion of people in our lifetimes - a doubling from 3 billion to 6 billion in the 40 years from 1960 to 2000, and it goes on up. The consequences, once pointed out by scientists with complex global models but now in the daily media, are clear - including food shortages, water shortages, conflict over resources, oil peak, climate change, environmental destruction and extinction of other species. Continuing growthmania, particularly in economics, prevents a decent life for people and is the cause of the current global crisis.

We believe that we are all part of the world community and must play our part. Population must be brought under control and reduced, here in Wellington as across the world. This is demanded of any world citizen.

Close to hand, population control removes the erosion of quality of life, as more people demand infill housing and more reservoirs. And Council plans for population increase only because some demographers have forecast on past trends for more people - there is no thought here for the Wellington we want or for the idea that we could control and decide about our city.

We have made submissions on population policy to both the City and Regional Councils, as well as national politicians and suggest others do likewise. John

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