It took about 200,000 years to reach our first billion around 1800. It took 12 years to add our last billion. Is this sustainable population growth? When Columbus came to America 500 years ago, global population was still only 425 million.
If it had remained at the 2 billion level, we would not be facing the high level of species extinction, global warming, or water shortages that are so worrisome today.
Australia is tackling the overpopulation crisis by appointing a Population Minister in addition to their Environment Minister.
This is something all countries should be considering so that they have a ministry dedicated to achieving a sustainable population for the country and its resources.
This could be accomplished by doing a carrying capacity study and conducting a meaningful public consultation process.
GREAT NEWS!! Some countries like Japan are in the enviable position with a population that is decreasing because many families have decided not to have children.
This trend is by choice and no coercive measures are being used. This has been accomplished through education and political leadership.
For a wealth of information on the population issue please contact the most amazing population site in Canada - Population Institute Canada at www.populationinstitutecanada.ca.
You can also consult THE population handbook - "Growing Pains - A Planet In Distress" for a compelling and eye-opening analysis of population growth, its effects on the planet, and sustainability options.