Elizabeth and Michael Stoakes have the courage to propose that we “limit human population growth” in order to “preserve our natural world” (6/30, Letters, “Bird numbers decline”).
I say courage because many equate population control with the destruction of human life, as if all methods of limiting our numbers were the moral equivalent of murder.
The world’s population increases by over 200,000 each day. This is the net gain (births minus deaths). To give that number some perspective, Overland Park and Shawnee have a combined population of around 200,000.
To claim that all our environmental and social problems are the result of population growth would be simplistic, but the stresses on the environment from having to provide food, water, shelter, education, medical care, transportation and employment to an additional 65 million to 75 million every year are enormous.
The pressures are not only environmental. Many of our social and political problems worldwide could be alleviated if we allowed organizations such as International Planned Parenthood help families determine when they want to have children. We have seen that when families have a choice, the tendency is to have fewer children and to provide a better life for them.
Pablo La Rosa