NPR Talks About a Global Population Collapse

There’s a part of me that can’t help but cackle maliciously to myself every time NPR foretells the apocalypse. I mean, you’re not paranoid if you’re eventually proven right, right? Nevertheless, Marcelo Gleiser’s commentary on NPR remains a downer: as he tells it, the rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer

:: waves at my fellow getting-poorer peeps ::

… we’re all having babies, and ain’t nobody making more water for any of us. If this keeps up, eventually somebody who’s actually going to be able to fight back is going to be expected to do without, and that someone is going to- well, fight back!

Enter: the global population collapse.

Gleiser goes on, of course, with all the ways that a global population collapse can be diverted, or at least mediated (reduce, reuse, and recycle, my friends!), and the commentors debate their usual debates over whose words were misconstrued, and whether or not the Roman Empire is a valid model (my two cents? It’s not), etc., etc., but my original, maliciously gleeful point remains: NPR is not exactly a hotbed of left-wing liberal lunatics (unless you think it is), and they don’t tend to pander their news to their audience (unless you think they do). As such, if they’re talking about a global population collapse, then they’re taking that issue mainstream.

Not only that, but the idea of a global population collapse is presented gently enough that it could almost sound like we’re being prepared for something, or like somebody’s trying to get us used to the idea, the way that I often say to my kids something like, “You know, your Pappaw’s 95 this year. That’s pretty old!”, so that one day–hopefully still many years from now, but one day nevertheless–when Pappaw eventually dies, the kids can’t be like, “I had no IDEA this was going to happen! Why didn’t you PREPARE me for this?!?”

So here you go, World! NPR has foretold the global population collapse!

Don’t say that you haven’t been warned.

Image Credits: World Population Growth infographic via Lauren Manning through CC 2.0

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Author: Julie Finn

  1. I my latest geography class we were discussing the carrying capacity of the Earth. It’s pretty dismal when you think about it. Along with the ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ mantra, I think more people should be encouraged to grow a few veggies for their family. Food production is going to be a big issues as our population keeps increasing. The best way to make sure you have enough of what you need, it’s a good idea to learn how to grow/raise it.

    • Agreed! It’s also important, I think, to figure out what you can use that’s already around you. I was blathering on about my black walnut tree one day, and somebody said, “What can you do with black walnuts?”

      So, you know, Step #1: Identify food when it’s falling into your yard.


  2. Well, it should be intuitively obvious to the most casual observer that the Earth cannot support an ever increasing human horde. If nothing else, more people need more jobs, more food, more electricity, more cars, more cities (see my post on GBE about China’s new vertical cities), more of everything. Ultimately, population growth is the most unsustainable factor in the “climate change” equation.

    I find it odd that all of us who fret about climate change NEVER mention population density or strategies to manage it.

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