Positive Future #672 (Feature photo – Earth – CCA SA 3.0 Unported, Plumbago )
Many of us have heard of the concept of “overshoot”. It is the extent to which the Earth cannot keep up with human consumption. While there is no outward discussion about population, globally there are some undercurrents emerging. In America, for example, the national fertility rate is dropping every year – that is the number of children women have. Are modern Americans more concerned about reducing the impact on the Earth that sustains them? Or is it the economic cost that leads people to embrace smaller families?
So, what do the countries of Japan, Italy, Ukraine, Poland, Venezuela, Romania, Cuba, Greece, Portugal, Hungary, Belarus, Bulgaria, Lebanon. Croatia, Moldova, Georgia, Bosnia, Puerto Rico, Albania, Lithuania, Macedonia, Latvia, Martinique, U.S. Virgin Islands, Bermuda, and American Samoa all have in common?
The people of all these nations have chosen to reduce their fertility rates to a point where the overall population is decreasing slightly. Do they know something we don’t?
You can see the statistics here: http://worldpopulationreview.com/countries/