Population Fact For You
December 10, 2009 7:19am CST
If China had not introduced that controversial one child per couple policy in the 1980s - get this - their population would now have an extra 400 million mouths to feed! 400 million equates to the population of Europe now. How mind-boggling is that? Where did I get this info? Well, I watched Sir David Attenborough front the Horizon show last night and when he comes out with all this stuff you tend to believe him because it's based on fact! Glad I didn't have any kids now! There should be cash incentives to not having any in the UK because our population is getting silly. If you want me to tell you more ask me and I shall.
15 Dec 09
Hi Janey1966! Every country has their own population problems. While most of the countries had become worried about overpopulation, my country has become very underpopulated. There are more old people than children. The government had been trying their best to promote child birth in families. In some prefectures here in Japan, the government has given incentives to those who had more children. But it is still a sad fact that only a few percent of the society wants to have children. Most don't want to get married either. I'm afraid that our race will become extinct in the coming years. Happy mylotting!
16 Dec 09
Hi! My country is still battling against underpopulation. Most factors are related to work and lifestyle. I think men wanted to have kids and tend to marry from another country. Based on my observation, many of the women here just don't want to have kids or marry but when they reach 30 or older, they want to get married but then can't have kids anymore. It's so sad.
10 Dec 09
It must be accepted that Population Control is necessary, if not for fear having more mouths to feed, to have a bit of free air and a place where you just do not find anyone hanging around, like privacy. You have to be in a rellay populous country to see Law and Order breaking down, minimum decency, or taking a humane look at someone's problem being given the go by at the drop of a hat. But the funniest thing is that India has slackened its pace of Population Control compared to those good ol' days of food scarcity. The boom in the economy has almost eclipsed this really pertinent problem from people's conscious minds. Without a totalitarian, no liberties government like in China of yesteryears and following democracy and freedom of choices it is next to impossible for India to embark on a Population Control Program. Well, your concern is UK. But I ca understand, the urgency you feel about it.
• Carlisle, England
10 Dec 09
The programme I watched last night mentioned many countries, including your own. There was a place in India (forgive me as I cannot remember the name off-hand) whereby the population is self-sufficient as they live by the sea but the population is miniscule in comparison to the rest of India because of education. It was interesting when the young ladies were asked how many children they wanted and ALL of them said "one." If that happened all over the world we may get somewhere and thank you for your comment, it is much appreciated.
11 Dec 09
It is also true that awareness is spreading among people to restrict voluntarily to the one child norm principle. But this is coming more from the Hindu and educated Christian and Muslim Communities. The uneducated masses, be they Hindus, Muslims or Christians still don't seem to recognise this as a problem, whatwith the new economic boom. Further religion is a sensitive issue in India, and in tryingto be politically correct the right emphasis on problems is lost. If you mask religion from the issue and concentrate on the problem on hans, you lose out on the impact of the message. The low average age of population an the having the highest number of people in the working age group are being touted as the result of down-playing the population control initiatives. So, you find more and more people pooh-poohing the Malthusian doomsday scenarios! Nobody seems to be taking even a pot guess at the "population pressure" being responsible for or at least an aiding factor in the world-wide increased threat of terrorism.
20 Dec 09
You are talking about UK? I am from India and it pains to see people unwilling to talk about it. Even if solutions are suggested they are shelved. Ministers have a brood like rats so ruling parties keep mum, after all power is what they need. Pathetic state of affairs out here.