Skip to comments.Rio+20: Scientists call for action on population (the real face of “sustainable development”)
Posted on 06/18/2012 3:04:20 AM PDT by Olog-hai
The Rio+20 Earth summit must take decisive action on population and consumption regardless of political taboos or it will struggle to tackle the alarming decline of the global environment, the world's leading scientific academies have warned.
Rich countries need to reduce or radically transform unsustainable lifestyles, while greater efforts should be made to provide contraception to those who want it in the developing world, the coalition of 105 institutions, including the Royal Society in Britain, urged in a joint report released on 14 June.
It's a wake-up call for negotiators meeting in Rio for the UN conference on sustainable development.
The authors point out that while the Rio summit aims to reduce poverty and reverse the degradation of the environment, it barely mentions the two solutions that could ease pressure on increasingly scarce resources.
Many in the scientific community believe it is time to confront these elephants in the room. "For too long population and consumption have been left off the table due to political and ethical sensitivities. These are issues that affect developed and developing nations alike, and we must take responsibility for them together," said Charles Godfray, a fellow of the Royal Society and chair of the working group of IAP, the global network of science academies.
In a joint statement, the scientists said they wanted to remind policymakers at Rio+20 that population and consumption determine the rates at which natural resources are exploited and Earth's ability to meet the demand for food, water, energy and other needs now and in the future. The current patterns of consumption in some parts of the world were unsustainable. A sharp rise in human numbers can have negative social and economic implications, and a combination of the two causes extensive loss of biodiversity.
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So I guess they want to start lining up people and transporting them to death camps, beginning with Conservatives.
And that’s what it’s about. Extinguishing most of our race.
Of course that's what they want, because if left to our own devices, we would jealously guard our borders and institutions. And we can't have that, when dictators need our food to feed their genocidal armies. Because after all, the UN knows best. (/huge sarc)
If that doesn't produce awe in each and everyone of you!!!
And we can’t have that, when dictators need our food to feed their genocidal armies.
Until of course they find out that it was the Horrible people they just offed were the same ones who were growing all of that food.
Yet trying to control our border is an extreme position.
Personally I have just started to tell anyone who spouts this nonsense at me that if they were true to their beliefs they would lead by demonstration. Shuts them up most of the time!
Also something to think about: “The most dangerous thing about a fanatic is not that he is willing to die for his beliefs, it’s that he is willing for you to die for his beliefs.”
So all the wars, all the disease, all the famine in the world is not doing enough to cull the world population.
Maybe world leaders can do more to encourage serial killers, set all murders free, hate your neighbor as you hate yourself, and save the earth.
The wisdom of man is foolishness with God.
Their big problem is,we won’t go quietly.
Like in Zimbabwe.
World TFR is just 2.4 right now. That means each generation will be about 14 percent larger than the last. That’s a growth rate, world wide, of .718 percent a year, assuming 20 years between generations. .416 percent a year, assuming 30 year, so I’d say the real rate is about halfway between. So we are looking at worldwide growth rates of about .567 percent.
"We are living beyond the planet's means. That's scientifically proven," said Gisbet Glaser of the International Council for Science...Yes, just as its been scientifically proven every year since 1798, when Malthus wrote the first Population Doomsday prediction.
illuminanti and cabals have had a plan they have followed for over 1000 years, and the have (up until now) been planning to see it through like all their others have been done
they have been planning through wars and nuclear radiation to eliminate the earth population down to only about 500 million to protect resources for their blood lines to continue supreme
"Basically, you can't save the environment without reproductive health policies and programmes."The current Global Abortion Holocaust isn't big enough for these "people" and they dream of expanding it a thousand-fold.
As soon as every one of these grant whore satanists kill themselves and every member of their extended families... I will pay closer attention.They aren't that stupid. They want OTHER people to die, just as they want to spend other people's money to effect those deaths.
For themselves they want... power.
It is the left that is flooding America with population increase while at the same time chipping away our right to dispose of our own property. It is no good to have a title deed which vests only nominal ownership in your real estate if you cannot build on it, farm it as you think best, devote it to its highest and best use. The property is no good to you if you are subject to a bureaucrats forbidding you to use your property because it contains a puddle or a species of lizard.
On the other hand, your property equally may not be of any use to you if your neighbor pollutes upstream water with his chicken packing plant or emits noxious and poisonous gases. Our ideas concerning liberty and our ideas concerning a man's right to dispose of his property as he sees fit were formulated in an agrarian age when the country was blessed with a limitless frontier and all one need do to get more land free of problems with neighbors was to go into the wilderness.
The population of America has doubled in my lifetime.
It will no doubt redouble my children's lifetime.
If you think you can maintain conservative values in the teeth of runaway population growth you are naïve. It is not by accident that the left is flooding our country with poor people who make demands on politicians who are only too eager to satisfy them out of your pocketbook, your lifestyle, and your property.
The consequences of packing too many people into too small a space can be seen in China. They can be seen in India. Policymakers cite sheer population pressure as the reason to steal your liberty. Sometimes, as in the example of the chicken packing plant in Arkansas, they would be right to do so, had Bill Clinton not been bought. In other instances, such as in China, they are wrong to do so by forced abortions, in effect a hideous holocaust.
Conservatives should not argue in a losing battle about the method used by politicians to address the very real problems generated by overpopulation, we should strike at the cause rather than at the symptom.
By way of stipulations: I do not concede that Hobbes was right and that we cannot feed a substantial population on the earth. On the other hand, I do not accept that the only way to perpetuate the Ponzi scheme called Social Security is by inducing wholesale immigration. Finally, I share the suspicions of everyone on this board concerning motives of the people in Rio. If I am suspicious about their motives, I am absolutely paranoid about their methods.
kind of vague... WHICH leading scientific academies?
The European Union has sustainable development written into its constitution (in the form of the Treaty of Lisbon currently: people should read that document who have not yet done so). Do not call for this empire run by fanatics to develop its own defense.
Yep, let’s summarize what Europe has done to bring on it’s own decline: Value wealth in $$$$$ over wealth in actually having offspring, thereby both aborting and/or simply infertilizing themselves into a downward spiral that will only keep increasing in the rate of decrease as you have fewer women capable of childbearing each successive generation. Then there’s the far out driving motive of sexual pleasure above actually performing it for all it’s purposes, including the potential for reproduction, hence why you tend to see loads of portrayals of sexuality, but a fertility rate below replacement levels, and then there’s the whole issue of deficit, yes, most of the EU runs on some deluded deficit that is driving the inflation, and is likely to eventually bring down the Euro as an official currency in most of the EU, as the truth starts becoming beyond denial, the list of nations which are being considered for being dropped from the EU keeps declining.
Now getting to the environmental part, recycling is good, throwing away one’s trash in the proper receptacle is good, organizing standards for emitted substance that do compromise individual health if directly inhaled or swallowed from water is important, and there has been a great deal of progress killing most of the important dangerous pollutants in air and water (lead, Ozone, VOCs, SO2, NO, NO2, PM (2.5, 5, &10), and CO, but the issue of national sovereignty does not need to be thrown out, nor does the right of an individual human to perform at least a little combustion need to be thrown out either, or have kids, as the system in the developed world still goes in the direction of break even population growth and ultimately decline, despite the existence of families with over two kids and families like the duggars with who knows how many, the overall trend even in the Americas is decline regardless, and this is without some one or two child only laws to force it.