Friday, August 08, 2003

How risk-aversion slowly changes society for the worse

This article shows how simple summer activities for children like swimming and climbing trees are becoming less common with the rise of an over-protective society. In turn, the ability of society to be adaptive and enterprising is equally called into question by such an outlook.

Risk-averse society will lose ability to manage adversity, New Zealand Herald, 4 August 2003

Tuesday, August 05, 2003

Too many people?

I've written a new article for spiked to take up the arguments on the Optimum Population Trust website. Essentially, their ideas blame humans for the problems of society today, rather than understanding that our present comparatively comfortable lives and future prosperity depend on more development and even greater human ingenuity.

While population control as a policy is not mainstream, the anxieties expressed on the OPT website most certainly are.

Too many people?, spiked, 5 August 2003

Monday, August 04, 2003

David Attenborough calls for population reduction

David Attenborough, the UK's most famous naturalist, is to speak at a conference in support of a reduction in world population. According to a report in the Sunday Times:

'Between now and 2050 the world’s population will rise from 6 billion to about 9.5 billion. This is the concern addressed by Attenborough. In his recent series, The Life of Mammals, he said: “Instead of controlling the environment for the benefit of the population, maybe we should control the population to ensure the survival of our environment.” '

It is a sorry state of affairs when an intelligent and high-profile public figure should believe that the answer to the world's problems is fewer people.

Attenborough: cut population by half