Blant alt som kan komme til å ødelegge for oss, har overbefolkning vært en frykt og sannhet i over 200 år. Feil. I neste århundre er det slutt på befolkningsveksten. Våre etterkommere møter en sakte, men jevn nedgang. Både samfunnet og planeten blir massivt forandret. Til det bedre.
Det hevder Fred Pearce i sin nyeste bok The Coming Population Crash: And Our Planet’s Surprising Future
Children will become a rare sight, patriarchal thinking will fall by the wayside, and middle-aged culture will replace our predominant youth culture. Furthermore, Pearce explains, the population bust could be the end of our environmental woes. Fewer people making better choices about consumption could lead to a greener, healthier planet.
Feminismen er en av årsakene:
Feminism, I suspect, is as much a consequence of falling fertility as a cause, though I am sure they reinforce each other. If you only need to have two or three children to secure the next generation, that is what women will do. And that gives them more options for a wider role in society. I think the reproductive revolution and the feminist revolution through the second half of the 20th century have gone together. On the one hand, thanks to advances in sanitation and medicine, women no longer need to have five or six children to make sure that two of them will live to adulthood.
Intervju med Fred Pearce.