Myths of Overpopulation by yurtgc548

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									Myths of Overpopulation
        Cairo Conference




Pakistan's Prime Minister speaks to delegate
Dignity Through Development
 Ancient Hostility Towards Life




PHAROAH SAID: “Look how numerous
and powerful the Israelite people are
growing, more so than we ourselves. Come,
let us deal shrewdly with them to stop their
increase.” (Ex. 1-9)
The Powerful Fear the Poor
The Great Polluters
80% of the World’s Goods are
        Consumed by




20% of the World’s Population
The Conference on Population and
  Human Development at Cairo
Human Rights: True Champion?




       Friend or Foe?
Babies: Burden or Blessing
Be Fruitful and Multiply and
       Fill the Earth!
Is the World Overpopulated?
                    People   Food
False Prophets          1      1
   Thomas Malthus
                        2      2
        1798            4      3
                       8       4
                       16      5
                       32      6
                       64      7
                      128      8
                      256      9
                      512     10
                     1024     11
          World Population




Source: United Nations, World Population Prospects,
The 1998 Revision; and estimates by the Population Reference Bureau
Causes of Population Growth
      Total Fertility Rate
  5
4.5
  4
3.5                         World
  3
2.5                         Less Developed
  2                         Countries

1.5                         More Developed
  1                         Countries

0.5
  0
      1990 2000 2010 2025
      TFR TFR TFR TFR
 Europe: Population by
 age groups, 1950-2050
100%
90%
80%
70%
                                      Age 75+
60%
                                      Age 65+
50%
                                      Age 15-64
40%
                                      Age 0-14
30%
20%
 10%
 0%
   1950   1970   1995   2025   2050
Healthy Population Distribution
Declining Fertility
Sweden 1999-2050
Sweden 2005
The World’s Population in Texas
Can We Feed All These People?

              “Jesus asked Phillip:
              ‘Where can we buy
              some food for the
              people to eat?’ He
              said this to test him,
              because he himself
              knew what he was
              going to do.”
              (Jn 6:5-6)
And the Multiplying Continues…
       Are We Running Out of
            Resources?
A 1949 U.N. Scientific Conference predicted that
the world would run out of:




             ● Lead by 1968            ●   Zinc by 1971
         ●   Chromium by 1975               ●   Tin by 1985
  Almost half a century later, none of these predictions has come true!
Economists Welcome Population Growth
Statistics on Population and Prosperity:
            Is There an Effect?
                                Population           Pop. per sq.           Income per
                                                                                                   Life
        Country                 per square              mile                  capita
                                                                                                   exp.
                                   mile              arable land            Early 1990s
       Bangladesh                   2,004                 2,990                  $180              56.2
          China                       315                 3,146                  $370              69.8
        Denmark                       313                  513                 $15,200             74.5
        Germany                       585                 1,950                $19,943             74.6
          India                       695                 1,264                  $300              52.3
          Israel                      648                 3,814                $10,500             75.6
          Japan                       865                 6,657                $27,321                 79.1
         Mexico                       115                  960                  $2,936             64.2
      New Jersey*                    1,046                5,505                $25,372             77.9
      Switzerland                     433                 4,329                $18,700             77.3
         Taiwan                      1,669                6,956                 $8,083             70.2
   United Kingdom                     611                 2,108                $15,000             75.5
     United States                     71                  354                 $22,212             74.9

Source: Gale Lyle Pooley, Environmentalism and the Gospel, Analytica, Sun Valley, Idaho, 1995, p. 92
A Telling Comparison
What About the Environment?
Abusive Population
 Control Policies
      Male Births per 100
     Female Births in China

 2000

 1990

  1986

 1980

  1972

      100           105          110          115          120


Source: The Economist, Dec. 19, 1998 and 2000 Chinese Census
       African Women Protest

“I am distressed that there seems to be a conspiracy to
keep women in the dark, especially the African women,
regarding the many dangerous side effects of
contraceptives, some of which are irreversible and life-
threatening. I especially abhor the experimentation and
dumping methods of untested and harmful drugs in Africa
and other developing countries.”


DR. MARGARET OGOLA, KENYA, in address delivered at the Fourth
International Congress on Women in Beijing, Sept. 8, 1995
               Norplant and
                Bangladesh
Eyesight disorders, strokes, persistent bleeding, problems
with removal - many women have no such side-effects, but
thousands are now taking legal action in the West.
Norplant was studied for 20 years in the West, but mostly
in developing countries. After standard clinical trials of
Norplant had been completed, pre-introductory clinical
trials were held to assess the drug's safety, efficacy and
acceptability in local conditions. Horizon went to
Bangladesh to investigate one such trial. In the mid-80s,
stories had begun to emerge from women's health
campaigns. In the slums of Dhaka, Farida Akhter heard of
women with Norplant in their arms who were desperate to
get it removed. She realised she had stumbled on a drug
trial.
Education of Females
Percentage of out of wedlock births
                                      Out of Wedlock Births
                                       80
                                       70
                                       60
                                       50                                                               White
                                       40                                                               Black
                                       30                                                               All Births
                                       20
                                       10
                                        0
                                            1960         1975        1990        1995        1997




                                                   Source: William J. Bennett, The Index of Leading Cultural Indicators
NFP: Safe and Effective

								
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