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Condoms, education and partial vegetarianism

27 Aug 2009 / in going off on one

According to new stats from the ONS, the UK’s population is now more than 61million. This makes me sad. I’ve blogged about the subject of global over population before because it’s something I feel so strongly about. We need to limit the number of children we have.

Population control is a politically sensitive subject that is rarely discussed. But should be because it is fundamental to understanding food shortages, climate change and extinctions. Here’s a great article about it.

Article 16 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights says: men and women have the right to marry and to found a family.And while I – of course – agree with that (indeed, I have enjoyed that right myself) I’m sorry that the Declaration does not hint at numbers of offspring and quality of life. Surely all children born into this wonderful world, like this beautiful Swazi Child my daughter photographed last month, have the right to live in a world with enough room for all of us to thrive, to live alongside our fellow creatures and have enough to eat. If we keep on breeding it won’t a world worth being born into.

I wish there was UN Universal Declaration of Earth Rights – for the planet not to be over-run by one arrogant, destructive and dominant species, for all its forests to be protected and nurtured, its seas to be kept clean and well-stocked, its creatures to be cherished.

I’ve thought about this a lot and would like to suggest that answer to all the world’s problems can be solved by applying three things: condoms, education and partial vegetarianism. Condoms to limit population and disease. Education for all because people need to know as many facts as possible to make informed choices. And partial vegetarianism to reduce the number of creatures we farm, seas we plunder, forests we clear and cut greenhouse gases.

Condoms, education and partial vegetarianism. My holy trinity. You heard it here first!

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