The effects of human population size on our standard of living, our environment, and our prospects for long term sustainability

Population Fact Sheets

Contraception and Population

There is an opinion I hold on contraception which I thought was pretty radical. I mentioned it to someone I knew some years ago and he said it was unrealistic. But recently I mentioned it to another friend, and she seemed to think that people might be interested in it. So here it is. Instead of telling our young people to remove their heads from nude selfies how about we suggest that intercourse should be for procreation only? If life is precious, is not the creation of life just as precious? Has not our treating sex as a pleasurable entertainment led to all sorts of problems? Including a generation of young people increasingly addicted to porn (apparently)? What have we got to lose? Better intimate relationships, more beautiful and meaningful intercourse, and such relationships more likely to be between people who really love each other? Now I am not suggesting that everyone will be able to live up to the standard, but I am suggesting that the standard should be held up as an aspiration. It will have other benefits too - we will not need the pill, and thus stop the estogen polution that is building up in our waterways. Also it should reduce the production of condoms and the waste products associated with that.

GDP Growth – Lies, Damned Lies and Population Growth

GDP Growth – Lies, Damned Lies and Population Growth Several years ago, the Australian public was told that high population growth (therefore high immigration) was necessary to fill skill gaps in the Australian economy. Such skill gaps, we were told, were due to the skills shortfalls of the mining sector, given the minerals investment and export boom at the time. In reality, the vast majority of skilled migrants settled in our major metropolitan centers and had nothing to do with the mining sector. Why a continued large scale immigration program with no specific geographical focus was required to satisfy the skill needs of the mining sector in remote locations was never satisfactorily explained. In addition, a large proportion of skilled migrants did not have skills that were in short supply in Australia. In fact, many migrants had occupations that were in serious oversupply. Now that the mineral resources boom has tapered off, Australian government immigration settings are still for historically very high net overseas migration (NOM) levels for the next 40 years or so. Now, we are told that, because the mining boom has abated greater reliance must be made upon the non-mining economy to maintain economic prosperity. This means maintaining high NOM rates.