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Population menace

posted Sep 29, 2010, 6:45 PM by Aadhavan Kumaran   [ updated Feb 18, 2011, 7:11 PM ]
We have a number of justifications for having more kids.  "If single, the kid gets lonely", said a friend.  Economists want  more workforce to improve the country's economy.  Faith systems ask us to be fruitful and multiply.  In some countries, political and religious authorities gain power by having more of the kind.  There were good reasons in the past for these justifications.  But inevitably the world is changing.

Today the population has steeply increased and shows no sign of slowing down. The effects of it are already felt in many countries, like reduction in forests, excessive logging, mushrooming housing into areas once known as wild, drying up of rivers, excessive fishing, housing in catchment areas, vanishing life-forms and more.  With ever dwindling resources and unsustainable population growth, the future we leave to our loving kids becomes questionable.