Presumably impressed by the massive death rate so ably depicted in that sacre-the-kiddies hit March of the Penguins this year, British Antarctic Survey director Chris Rapley is calling for it to be replicated among humanity. In so doing, he displays his centralist’s worldview:
[W]hat about the net 76 million annual rise in the world’s population, which currently stands at about 6.5 billion – more than twice what it was in 1960 – and which is heading towards eight billion or so by mid-century)?…
Imagine organising the accommodation, feeding arrangements, schooling, employment, medical care, cultural activities and general infrastructure – transport, power, water, communications, waste disposal – for a number of people slightly larger than the population of the UK, and doing it each year, year on year for the foreseeable future.
Good job no-one has to organize it, then, Chris, hmmm?
It’s always worth pressing such people on the implications of their suggestions, which they tend not to go into much beyond “identifying options.” As the developed nations have declining birthrates, what Rapley et al are calling for is actually fewer non-white people. When pointed out, this tends to make them ever-so-slightly uncomfortable.
And one could always suggest that if someone believes that the number of people on the planet should be reduced, why not put their life where their mouth is and start with themselves?