The article suggests, as remedy for water conservation, anything except the most obvious requirement. The relation between people and resource consumption is so easy to point out that it must be a strange inbuilt defect of vision to impede its discovery.
Today, thanks to the web (population clocks), ignorance is not an option, especially not for the media, the source of information, nor for the so-called opinion-makers nor the political class, which makes the decisions. It is even more worrying when it is extended across the board to environmental associations, who seem to be willing victims of the same blindness. Just look at the facts: the rate of population growth represents more than two persons a second, a jet full of passengers every minute or filling two big stadiums a day. The increase rate is 12/1,000. A doubling of population in fifty-eight years.
Population will continue to increase, adding by 2050 a population nearly the current size of India, or almost five times the size of sub-Saharan Africa. The growth will be mostly in developing countries, where women average six or more children (Afghanistan, Angola, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, East Timor, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia and Somalia) and five or more (Congo, Ivory Coast, Eritrea, Guinea, Nigeria, the Palestinian territories, Sudan and Togo). India will overtake China's population by 55 percent , while Indonesia will increase its population by 30 percent and Vietnan by 40 percent.
Overpopulation means excessive consumption of resources, with spiraling demands for minerals, water, energy, land, roads, houses: every day there are fewer-and-fewer resources on this planet, because there are more and more people consuming more and more of them.
Maria Luisa Cohen
Lausanne, Canton de Vaud, Switzerland
Feb 18 2009 - 6:42am