26 Oct '11, 3pm

Is the environmental crisis caused by the 7 billion or the 1%?

Is the environmental crisis caused by the 7 billion or the 1%?

The United Nations says that the world's population will reach 7 billion people this month. The approach of that milestone has produced a wave of articles and opinion pieces blaming the world's environmental crises on overpopulation. In New York's Times Square, a huge and expensive video declares that "human overpopulation is driving species extinct." In London's busiest Underground stations, electronic poster boards warn that 7 billion is ecologically unsustainable. In 1968, Paul Ehrlich's bestseller The Population Bomb declared that as a result of overpopulation, "the battle to feed humanity is over," and the 1970s would be a time of global famines and ever-rising death rates. His predictions were all wrong, but four decades later his successors still use Ehrlich's phrase -- too many people! -- to explain environmental problems. But most of the 7 billion are not endanger...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/population/2011-10-26-is-the-environ...

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