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Re: E-M:/ population as an environmental issue

Enviro-Mich message from williamtobler@critterswoods.org

It was my understanding that International family planning was doing very
well in the 70s.  Then came along Ronald Reagan and the Repubs that killed
the US support of it, both internationally and here in the states.
And look where we are now.  Bush appoints a guy, Eric Keroack, who
believes that even contraception is demeaning to women, to head the
Department of Health and Human Services!  US population growth is out of

My personal opinion is that population control, both international and
national, is the most important environmental issue.  Without this,
everything else is just a stalling tactic to the inevitable. And every day
without it is a day lost with no going back.

Like Gary Stock, I am very pessimistic about the future even just 50 years
from now.  Heck, just 10 or 20 years from now.

> In a message dated 2/1/2007 9:57:11 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> grahama9@msu.edu writes:
> There IS something we can do about global overpopulation -- we can
> pressure
> our representatives to restore funding for family planning  initiatives
> throughout the developing world.
> And remember, smaller  families are a net gain for people around the world
> --
> there are  innumerable studies showing that having fewer children raises
> standards of  living and allows children and WOMEN to be HEALTHIER and
> better
> educated,  setting up a much healthier and prosperous cycle for all
> concerned.
> Anna
> Of course educating women is important & its equally important  to educate
> MEN that its not a status symbol to have ten kids by  7 women , a litter
> of kids
> by one mother, and that having a  SON to carry on the name/gene pool is
> not
> really important.   Educating and shifting men will help women to be
> empowered.
> Those those sorts of social shifts take time,no matter how much  pressure
> is
> put on government. In 2007 right here in the U.S we still fight  over Roe
> vs
> Wade/ birth control.  Who would have imagined that those things  would
> still be
> issues today?  If education in the U.S is taking so long to  take hold,
> then
> I would imagine that it will take even longer for those ideas to  take
> root in
> developing nations. I say go for it, but I don't think  that family
> planning
> initatives will begin to show positive effects for a  good long time, if
> at
> all.   From a recent PBS special Dr. Samuel Wood ,  the Medical Director
> For
> Reproductive Sciences in La Jolla , CA is quoted  as saying " My belief is
> that
> in twenty years, no couple will be unable to have  a baby...genetically
> except
> for those few on the extremes of reproductive  life."    Its hard to think
> of
> family planning initiatives  making much impact when we consider that
> billions
> are spent annually in the  U.S on infertility treatments.
> We need to take action now, in our everyday lives to live small.   Maybe
> we
> should take all the $ spent on infertility treatments and use it  to push
> the
> idea of status being attached to living small/environmentally  sound.
> Namaste,
> Edie

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