No one supports a planned contraction of our population and economy.
Yet everything gets better with fewer people.
Those that are on the fence with respect to having children will decide to have none. Those that want a family can still enjoy one child. If we are worried about inappropriate selection for males we can provide a tax incentive for having females.
Those that care about growth and having more stuff can be assured that as the population falls there will be more resources per capita available, especially if we can induce the population to fall faster than the depletion rate of non-renewable resources.
There will be much less chance of war. There will be less traffic. Housing will be more affordable. Forests and wildlife will bounce back. The air and waters will clear. We will have more land available to grow food the old way when fossil energy is depleted. We will have space to move when climate change forces relocation.
To be open and honest, there will be a large reduction in paper wealth and credit with a shrinking economy, but that’s going to happen soon regardless of what we do. Instead of waiting for a crash we can anticipate the contraction and implement policies to ensure some fairness between rich and poor.
There will also be a lot less advanced technology. But again, that’s going to happen soon regardless of what we do due to depletion of non-renewable energy and other resources.
Fewer iPhones and more forests and fish for our grandchildren is a very good trade-off.
What I’m really talking about is getting ahead of the curve in a planned, controlled, and civilized manner. Rather than letting nature take over in a chaotic painful collapse.
I think it’s a hopeful positive message. Something to fight for.
Why doesn’t every wise leader and concerned grandparent and environmental activist and climate scientist and biologist in the world scream this message every chance they get?
The limits to growth today are so obvious and in our face that the time is ripe to start a new narrative about how we might live in a finite world.
I suspect the majority of citizens would support the idea of a stable or falling population. But I also suspect the majority would oppose big government forcing population reduction and economic contraction policies.
Breaking through this opposition will require limits to growth awareness.
And limits to growth awareness will require us to find a way to override our evolved denial.
It would help if more people who understand what is going on would speak up.
Silence guarantees a despot rising to blame others, war, and chaos.