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the Optimum Population Trust

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this interview was meant to happen a few weeks back but I had a few transport problems on my way to meet Roger and I had to call it off at the last minute. I’ve got a break after exams now so all being well I’ll get the interview this time around.

Optimum Population Trust
The OPT’s main aims are to
– educate the public in issues relating to human population worldwide and its impact on environmental sustainability.
– advance, promote and encourage research to determine optimum and ecological sustainable human population levels.
– promote policies that contribute to a stable human population level.
Roger Martin – the OPT Chairman – says that ‘there is not a single environmental problem that would not be easier to solve with fewer people’.
The OPT argue that rapid reduction in fertility-rates can arise through better education, healthcare, contraception and good community and government leadership. One argument of the OPT then is that every person not born in the future means there’s more carbon for the rest of us.
But not every human emits the same amount of carbon dioxide during their life – compare an average westerners lifestyle to someone in sub-Saharan Africa for example.
Friends of the Earth argue against the OPT by saying that ‘the idea of paying for birth control in developing countries to offset carbon-intensive lifestyle in rich countries is repugnant’.
The other side of the argument then is that an increasing population pales into insignificance when compared with the effect of increased consumption and economic growth.
Quite interesting is that Sir David Attenborough is Patron of the Trust.
Links to other interesting stuff
http://www.optimumpopulation.org
the OPT on facebook
George Monbiot’s piece in the Guardian arguing against the OPT
as ever, i want to know your questions and queries on the work of the OPT. This means I can ask question that better serve the ‘public interest’.
i interview interesting people
this interview was meant to happen a few weeks back but I had a few transport problems on my way to meet Roger and I had to call it off at the last minute. I’ve got a break after exams now so all being well I’ll get the interview this time around.

Optimim Population Trust
The OPT’s main aims are to- educate the public in issues relating to human population worldwide and its impact on environmental sustainability.- advance, promote and encourage research to determine optimum and ecological sustainable human population levels.- promote policies that contribute to a stable human population level.
Roger Martin – the OPT Chairman – says that ‘there is not a single environmental problem that would not be easier to solve with fewer people’.
The OPT argue that rapid reduction in fertility-rates can arise through better education, healthcare, contraception and good community and government leadership. One argument of the OPT then is that every person not born in the future means there’s more carbon for the rest of us.
But not every human emits the same amount of carbon dioxide during their life – compare an average westerners lifestyle to someone in sub-Saharan Africa for example.
Friends of the Earth argue against the OPT by saying that ‘the idea of paying for birth control in developing countries to offset carbon-intensive lifestyle in rich countries is repugnant’.
The other side of the argument then is that an increasing population pales into insignificance when compared with the effect of increased consumption and economic growth.
Quite interesting is that Sir David Attenborough is Patron of the Trust.
Links to other interesting stuff
http://www.optimumpopulation.org
the OPT on facebook
George Monbiot’s piece in the Guardian arguing against the OPT
as ever, i want to know your questions and queries on the work of the OPT. This means I can ask question that better serve the ‘public interest’.

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Written by Robert Dale

May 20, 2010 at 8:07 am

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