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Environment, population and the state – ethical considerations - by Jill Quirk


This talk covers the environment, human population, and the State- with reference to ethical considerations. The world’s population needs to be allowed to decline and then stabilise at lower and safer levels as soon as possible to minimise human suffering. People need to have enough self-governing power to be able to veto the engineering of population numbers upwards by governments and big business. Compromising the environment for economic and population growth erodes human rights and then the humane treatment of other creatures becomes even less likely thus increasing total suffering. [Article adapted from a speech by Jill Quirk of Sustainable Population Australia, Victorian and Tasmanian Branch to the Victorian Humanists, on 25 April, 2014.]

World Population Day - what helps keep populations sustainable?

July 11 was World Population Day, marking the day in 1987 when the world’s population passed five billion. This year’s theme is ‘Fight Poverty: Educate Girls.’ Most people think of overpopulation as something that occurs primarily in the 'third world', or if, as in Australia, it occurs with high immigration, they see this process as different from the one that caused the problems in the third world. In fact what is happening in Australia, Canada and the United States, is just what happened to India and Africa and every other now-third-world country.

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