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Will All Countries Be Forced
Into One Child Families?
By Frosty Wooldridge
China suffered worldwide condemnation 20 plus years ago when it instituted one child families. Since that time, it slowed its 12 million annual net gain race-horse population growth down to eight million annually. Even so, it expects to grow from 1.3 to 1.55.
More ominously, India at 1.16 billion, adds 12 million net gain annually on their way to overtake China in the population bracket at 1.55 billion by 2050. One wonders how the top leaders around the world, both religious and governmental, can remain silent?
In a recent report, E & E reporter, Debra Kahn said, "A leading Chinese industrialist called yesterday for worldwide population constraints and an end to government-sponsored consumerism as solutions to climate change and other environmental issues. Speaking at a conference put on by Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), a group that helps businesses institute environment and social sustainability programs, Zhang Yue, chairman and CEO of Broad Air Conditioning, also said governments should stop stimulating the economy by appealing to consumers' sense of patriotism."
"Encouraging folks to have kids is an encouragement to have more and more markets to buy more stuff," Zhang said through an interpreter. "Some people say it's a human rights issue [to control birth rates]: 'My right to have kids is tied to my quality of life.' I say it'll take us in a direction that you have no right to take us in."
Kahn said, "The issue of population control has made headlines in recent days, with conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh attacking New York Times reporter Andrew Revkin for speculating that birth control could be used to limit greenhouse gas emissions (Greenwire, Oct. 21)."
Zhang said, "China's one-child policy should be emulated around the world, calling population growth "humankind's first big problem."
"We haven't connected population to environmental protection yet in China," Zhang said. Doing so would make clear the connection between population growth and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as the issue of dealing with an aging populace, he said. "In the next two-three decades we've got to come down to a one-child policy. Only through population control can we really address some of these major issues."
Kahn said, "Zhang, who has been listed by Forbes as one of the 100 richest businesspeople in China, also said businesses and government need to slow down development or risk catastrophic climate change."
"The planet right now is in some ways an equation that can't continue," he said. "We'll become extinct." Although Broad sells air conditioners in 40 countries, the company is prioritizing higher salaries over expansion, he said. "Our company isn't growing as fast as others, but we haven't had a loan from the bank in 15 years."
Zhang said, "Governments, particularly the Chinese, should stop exhorting consumers to fix the economic downturn by shopping more. Countries are misguiding the public and driving consumption. We've tied consuming to patriotism almost in China, and it's a very dangerous concept, a dangerous attitude to give the public.
"There's no financial crisis really in China, but we use it as an excuse to get people to buy stuff. Even people in the countryside who don't have electricity are being encouraged to buy refrigerators."
In response to a question about correlating economic growth with happiness, he said it was not so: "The more you develop economically, the worse the food is. Seventy percent of the antibiotics in the United States are used for livestock."
Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents - from the Arctic to the South Pole - as well as six times across the USA, coast to coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from the Arctic Circle, Norway to Athens, Greece. He presents "The Coming Population Crisis in America: and what you can do about it" to civic clubs, church groups, high schools and colleges. He works to bring about sensible world population balance at .frostywooldridge.com He is the author of: America on the Brink: The Next Added 100 Million Americans. Copies available: 1 888 280 7715

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