Letters to the Editor
March 2019

I read with absolute agreement and frustration John’s President’s Note in the September 2018 issue of Population Connection, wherein he posed the question, “Is population a taboo subject?”

I think we all know the answer.

I have written upwards of a zillion op-ed pieces, which almost never get published due to this same general (cultural? political? religious? economic?) fear of addressing this critical topic.

Human overpopulation is the single greatest threat we — as both a species and a planet — face, so it’s high time to make it the biggest issue of our epoch!

Robert P. Johnson

I read about women and birth control and abortions in every one of your magazines. My question is: When are men going to step up to the plate and take responsibility for their part in the overpopulation issue? Why is it always up to women to deal with this? If men were more conscientious, there wouldn’t be so many unwanted pregnancies in the first place. It’s interesting that there is no birth control for men, but there is Viagra so men can have sex later into their lives. Oh bother!!!

Bonnie Scott

I was shocked to see in John Seager’s December President’s Note that the IPCC’s recent Summary for Policymakers contained not a word about population growth’s impact on the climate crisis. Do not human numbers grow by 80 million annually?

We must all shout from the rooftops that every woman deserves ready and affordable access to contraceptive and birth control information and services. Political and religious opposition must be vigorously opposed for being as archaic, ignorant, and destructive as the medical practice of bleeding sick people to treat illness. The clock ticks.

Nathaniel Batchelder

John, I couldn’t agree more with your editorial. I am 62 years old. When I was 16, I knew there were too many people on this planet, and I became a supporter of ZPG. I didn’t want children and later my then-fiancé and I parted ways over the issue. I have chosen a childfree life, with no regrets.

Fast forward to 2018: I have become a monthly supporter of Population Connection.

As an environmentalist and animal protectionist, there are many quotes I live my life by. Here are two:

“Humans: We’re not the only species, we just act like it.”

– Attribution unknown

“Anyone who believes that exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist.”

– Kenneth Boulding (an economist himself)

I don’t know why we refuse to address the issue. Ego? For people planning a family, I would like to ask them three questions:
1. How many people do you think the planet can support? (Most say there are too many already.) 2. How did you determine that number? 3. How will we stop population growth when it reaches that number? Of course, they don’t have an answer for any of these questions.

Lawrence Arkilander


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