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U.S. Birth Rate Not High Enough To Keep Population Stable

U.S. Birth Rate Not High Enough To Keep Population Stable

Commented Aug 26, 2012 at 09:49:48 in Business

“Great conversation, but disappointing there was virtually no discussion of the fact that the world is overpopulated. Overshoot is well-documented by the Global Footprint Network. If you understand this, then declining birth rate is very good news. In fact it ought to be national population policy (in every country) to seek declining population. Unfortunately, obsession with perpetual economic growth (also unsustainable) tends to drive national population policies - when they exist - in the wrong direction. This also makes it the responsibility of couples around the world to choose to limit their family size. It will have a huge impact on quality of life (even survival) of their own children.

Dave Gardner
Director of the documentary
GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth”
5 Reasons Condoms Are Better Than Chocolate for Valentine's Day

5 Reasons Condoms Are Better Than Chocolate for Valentine's Day

Commented Feb 15, 2014 at 21:10:38 in Green

“Bravo, Stephanie. This is important information, and it's all about love - love for our planet and for all the children of the world who depend on it.”
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Black Friday 2013: How to Prepare and Plan

Commented Nov 20, 2013 at 00:22:14 in Technology

“Or, you may want to consider a low-consumption Black Friday, adopting creative gift-giving traditions that will leave healthy ecosystems and resources for future generations. Stay home, don't shop, watch the free worldwide screening of GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth! http://youtu.be/fvhFtMvZ720
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Overpopulation Is Still the Problem

Commented Oct 1, 2013 at 11:50:08 in World

“This is some of the best writing I've seen on the subject of overpopulation. It earned a well-deserved spot on the Wall of Fame at Growth Bias Busted: http://www.growthbiasbusted.org/wall-of-fame/entry/overpopulation-is-still-the-problem

Bravo, Alon Tal!

Dave Gardner
Director of the documentary
GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth”
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Overpopulation Is Not the Problem? Really?

Commented Sep 18, 2013 at 16:28:06 in Green

“As usual, Bob Walker writes very eloquently and knowledgeably on this topic. FYI the Ellis New York Times piece earned a spot on the Wall of Shame at Growth Bias Busted (http://www.growthbiasbusted.org/entry/overpopulation-is-not-the-problem). Perhaps the most serious felony so honored to date! I will file Ellis' piece under "You've GOT to be kidding me!"

Dave Gardner
Director of the documentary
GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth”
Food Security Raises the Obvious: Can We Feed 9.6 Billion by 2050?

Food Security Raises the Obvious: Can We Feed 9.6 Billion by 2050?

Commented Sep 18, 2013 at 13:35:11 in Business

“Eliminating waste and striving for more equitable distribution of wealth and food seem like noble goals, but they may have little effect on the number going to bed hungry every night. If human population increases to match food supply (as many scientists suggest), every effort we make to increase food supply somewhere may see a concomitant increase in population.

We so far have no evidence we are capable of fixing the inequitable distribution. And the green revolution relied heavily on fossil fuel inputs that will be available in shrinking quantities and at greater cost going forward. I certainly think a greater focus on contraception is far cheaper, simpler, and has a greater assurance of success than efforts to launch another green revolution or fix the distribution system.

So I would not be so dismissive of eliminating unwanted pregnancies and giving couples the tools and knowledge to choose smaller family size. EVERYTHING would be easier and better with a smaller population, and many nations have shown that fertility reduction is very possible.

Dave Gardner
Director of the documentary
GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth”
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Bill Clinton's Legacy: An Inconvenient Irony

Commented Jul 24, 2013 at 12:55:04 in Green

“Thank you, Brian Czech, for sharing these truths. This reminded me of comments Bill Clinton made in 2008 - where he almost got it right, but then hedged because he didn't want us to fall behind China in that competition to be the biggest economy (insane). See the comments here: http://youtu.be/LPDnaQMAO6E

Dave Gardner
Director of the documentary
GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth”
Review of <em>Frack Nation: A Journalist's Search for the Fracking Truth</em>

Review of Frack Nation: A Journalist's Search for the Fracking Truth

Commented Jan 21, 2013 at 23:06:19 in Politics

“Injecting superfund-worthy toxins into the Earth in order to extract and burn fossil fuels that should be left in the ground strikes me as an act of desperation. A growth-addicted world desperately trying to keep pushing those limits to growth just a little farther out there. Our kids deserve better.

Dave Gardner
Director of the documentary
GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth”
The End of Growth

The End of Growth

Commented Nov 28, 2012 at 17:32:26 in Politics

“Grantham's lastest is only one of many recent "come to Jesus" observations about the end of growth of late from investment gurus and other financial experts. It is certainly a wake-up call, and stevendavisphoto1 is correct about the need for a huge paradigm shift. "More modern" methods are only going to help if they are more modern than anything we've imagined. The true innovation, as the commenter implies, is going to be getting over our "more is better" mentality. Technology has a small role to play.

This is indeed the end of growth, and we can navigate it gracefully if we can accept it soon and stop fighting it. As Walker writes, it will be challenging. But believe me, we will prefer that challenge over the alternatives that are put into play if denial continues.

Dave Gardner
Director of the documentary
GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth”
Frack Free Colorado Rally Calls for Renewable Energy Future

Frack Free Colorado Rally Calls for Renewable Energy Future

Commented Oct 27, 2012 at 16:59:24 in Denver

“Here's a video clip of fractivist Shane Davis at the rally sharing his research on impacts of drilling and hydraulic fracturing in Colorado: http://youtu.be/dXM-hU5fHwI
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How Sustainability Can Save Business

Commented Sep 18, 2012 at 09:21:09 in Canada Business

“Let's not break our arms patting ourselves on the back. Sustainability's benefits to the bottom line, while important, are not sufficient to move our civilization into sustainable equilibrium - at least not as currently understood and practiced. They are one small step.

Our system's obsession with growth will need to be replaced with a new paradigm if we are to leave a planet worth inheriting for our children. Quality and durability of products must return as a goal. In a full world, metrics that gauge levels of production and consumption must not be confused with progress or success.

Just because the environmental movement has thus far failed to get us unhooked from growth does not mean the goal should be forgotten. It is essential if we are going to go on living on this planet. Business is not our reason for being, plus - as David Brower once said, "There is no business to be done on a dead planet."

I'm not throwing in the towel!

Dave Gardner
Director of the documentary
GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth”
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A Full Employment Act for the 21st Century

Commented Mar 12, 2011 at 12:10:37 in Politics

“Actually economic growth has proven to be inefficient and largely ineffective in improving the lives of the poorest on our planet so far. And since 1)laws of physics can't be repealed and 2)addiction to economic growth has gotten us into this mess, I suggest economic growth is not a noble goal for eliminating poverty.

Sufficiency would be a much smarter goal. The starving don't need a bank, an iPhone, a Wal-Mart or so be shipping trinkets to the U.S. to improve their lives. They need to have food to eat and a roof over their heads. They need education, and they need not to be exploited by the global corporate elite.

Dave Gardner
Producing the documentary
GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth”

spriddler on Mar 14, 2011 at 11:52:59

“Any system is going to be inefficient to a large degree because the wants and needs of billions of individual people will never be in harmony. Furthermore economic growth is just what happens. I think people get a funny idea in their heads that economic growth is only a result of government policies. While it is true that governments generally try to encourage economic growth, they are not the cause of it. Commerce is the cause and it is as natural and necessary to the human experience as anything.”
Reduce Climate Change and Taxes Through Family Planning

Reduce Climate Change and Taxes Through Family Planning

Commented Feb 21, 2011 at 21:49:14 in Green

“My compliments to Mary Ellen and John. Overpopulation is such a sticky wicket in almost every crowd. I appreciate your courage to speak out about this and offer some insights not often seen. I second everything you wrote!

Dave Gardner
Producing the documentary
GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth”
Endangered Species Condoms Handed Out New Year's Eve To Raise Awareness Of Overpopulation (PHOTOS)

Endangered Species Condoms Handed Out New Year's Eve To Raise Awareness Of Overpopulation (PHOTOS)

Commented Jan 1, 2011 at 13:25:05 in Green

“Without contraceptives the educatated and empowered women may have a hard time exercising their free choice about having smaller families.

And...overpopulation is actually a HUGE problem in modernized nations, because each person in these nations has a gigantic ecological footprint.

Dave Gardner
Producing the documentary
GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth”

Titanshanks on Jan 1, 2011 at 16:13:55

“True. I'd be curious to know how many societies with (more or less) equal rights for men and women still ban contraceptives. I would guess it's very rare--for one thing, educating women does, in fact, bring down the birth rate, and as you write, that couldn't happen without access to contraception.

As far as overpopulation in modernized nations goes, your point that the current population size is a problem, I'd agree with. I should say that population growth is not an issue--most modernized nations are on track to begin to shrink. Russia has even instituted "Family Contact Day," a holiday designed to encourage couples to increase the sizes of their families.

I'd say that a critical course would be to educate women in developing nations, and provide the nations with technology which will allow their growth without the massive carbon footprints we have in the States.”
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Uttering the "P" Word on Earth Day

Commented Apr 23, 2010 at 11:45:15 in Green

“Bob Walker has put it very well. I would add that avoiding the population topic in an effort to be sensitive about bigotry and economic justice achieves the opposite result. IF reducing fertility rates were not an essential step in improving the standard of living in impoverished nations, then ignoring population growth in those nations would mean a LOT more super-consumers if/when those nations do achieve economic justice.


We are all in this together, so it is in everyone's best interest for ALL people to opt for smaller families. Instead of 2 children, how about 1? Instead of 6 children, how about 1? Equal opportunity sustainability. This is one way to reduce the number of future over-consumers. The other way, equally important, is for us over-consumers to change our consumption patterns. We must do both.


Dave Gardner
Producing the documentary
Hooked on Growth: Our Misguided Quest for Prosperity
http://www.growthbusters.org
Obama, Please Don't Hire Any More Dunderhead Economists!

Obama, Please Don't Hire Any More Dunderhead Economists!

Commented Nov 27, 2008 at 07:57:36 in Business

“Rebekah and Stephen are definitely onto something. Thanks for this series of posts about the dramatic paradigm shift needed by our economic system. Contrary to what Senator McCain believes, the fundamentals of our economy are far from sound.

While the current economic meltdown is indeed a death rattle for our growth-centric system, and an opportunity to rebuild with a more sustainable one, I share the authors' concern. Appointing advisors who have been among the high priests of our church of growth everlasting is not the way to achieve fundamental change.

To get unhooked from our worship of economic growth will require a burning bush, a new set of stone tablets, and a host of additional miracles to chip away at a mindset that is as firmly established in our society as belief in God. Until we get that attitude shift, the needed policy changes can never happen. I'm afraid president-elect Obama would never be inaugurated if at his next news conference he were to announce our national holy grail of economic growth will be replaced with a sustainable or steady-state economy.

Dave Gardner
Producer/Director
Hooked on Growth: Our Misguided Quest for Prosperity
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Drill Here, Drill Now, Get Nothing but an Opinion poll point or two

Drill Here, Drill Now, Get Nothing but an Opinion poll point or two

Commented Aug 20, 2008 at 11:06:16 in Green

“Glad to see you take a stand, Colin, against this kind of pandering - which the offenders would probably label "political pragmatism." As you're no doubt grasping, political pragmatism causes us to set the bar pretty darn low. In times like these the bar needs to be higher.
Sadly, when a lot of people who do understand the issues and the stakes choose the path of compromise it dilutes the critical message and pulls that bar down. It's tough, because they'll be the first to tell you that if they can't stay in power in Congress, then they won't be able to fight the good fight. See the movie Swing Vote for a depressing, but I think accurate, look at this phenomenon.
Dave Gardner
Producer/Director
Hooked on Growth: Our Misguided Quest for Prosperity
www.growthbusters.com
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Lose Texas and Other Business Plans for 2008

Commented Jan 3, 2008 at 21:16:38 in Business

“Thanks for your notes on economic growth and population. These are often taboo subjects and you bravely tell the truth! As for Texas, didn't Mexico already reclaim Texas? Oh, I guess we COULD make it official. Nice piece!

Dave Gardner
Producer/Director
Hooked on Growth: Our Misguided Quest for Prosperity
www.growthbusters.com