Rabbinic human rights group T’ruah calls for transparency on donor money spent on settlements.17:48 08.10.15 | 0 comments
There were less than 2 billion people at the beginning of the 20th century and now there are 7 billion, and we are projected to add 2-3 billion more by mid-century. In 30 years, Egypt's population grew from 45 million to 85 million - half of its population is below the age of 25. Yes, birth rates are declining, but there are just so many people now that that still adds up to enormous numbers. It doesn't matter how closely we can comfortably stand next to each other, what matters is now much arable land we need for agriculture, oil for modern living, etc. In other words, consumption - which is skyrocketing thanks to development. If everyone lived like Americans, we would need the resources of over 4 Earths. And there is a positive feedback loop with these issues - more people = more consumption = more pollution, more climate change = less arable land, less resources etc. = less carrying capacity. Yes, ageing populations will have an impact on short-term economic growth, but the long-term problems we face are so serious we cannot afford to ignore them.