Firstly a look at the local picture here in the UK.
Britain is a relatively densely populated country (246 people per sq.km): it is more than twice as densely populated as France (106 people per sq.km), nine times as densely populated as the USA (27 people per sq.km) and 100 times as densely populated as Australia (2 people per sq.km)
Historical population figures…
1600 Just over 4 million
1700 5 million
1801 8 million
1851 20 million
1901 40 million
1951 50 million
2001 59 million
2008 61.4 million
2029 70 million (Office for National Statistics Projection…70% due to immigration)
Some recent facts….
According to Government figures, immigration at current levels will add about 7 million to the population of England by 2031 equivalent to 7 cities the size of Birmingham.
In 2009 England is expected to overtake Holland as the most crowded country in Europe.
According to Government statistics, a new home for immigrants needs to be built every six minutes.
Immigration directly added a million people to the UK’s population in just five years – 2003 to 2007.
There was a net inflow of 2.3 million people to the UK between 1991 and 2006.
8% came from the new East European members of the EU.
We can bang on about causes of climate change all we like but the real social & environmental tragedy is the abject failure to deal with this problem.
Until population is stabilised there can be no real planning for infrastructure such as roads… we’ll always need more!
No coherent housing policy… we’ll always need more!
No protection for the green belt nor the environment generally… we’ll always need to plunder it more!
The obsession with so called climate change is diverting attention away from the real tragedy unfolding…
A tragedy for the environment generally.
An ever greater demand on precious resources both locally & globally.
A steady diminishment of quality of life for each individual.
The global picture…
While we obsess about unproven & massively overstated climate change factors we advance solutions that prevent the third world developing.
The third world is the real source of the tragedy.
Poor economies go hand in hand with high birth rates.
Economic migration drives these people to the developed world, swelling populations there.
The cycle continues, policy keeping poor people poor, birth rates consequentially high & the pressure on world resources ever greater.
Wealth creates choice… Birth rates are low & in fact populations (less migrants) in decline in many developed countries.
Managed migration designed to stabilise populations & adjust demographics is needed for sustainable development in wealthy countries.
Industrialisation utilising local resources, including clean coal, is essential for developing nations, improving wealth, health & giving those people longer, healthier lives leading to choice & consequent drops in birth rates.
Rather than hampering the 3rd World we should be assisting them to develop & to have the luxury of being able to choose sustainable, green policies.
It is a scandal that current policy keeps them poor, telling them they can’t have power stations & electricity & their share in the wealth of the world.
Their individual footprint might need to increase in the short term in order to create a stabilised, sustainable, industrialised world for the future.
The climate change agenda prevents that on all levels, squandering our finite wealth on half baked ‘eco’ projects, whilst spectacularly failing to tackle the real issue for the long term.
THE POPULATION CAN’T GO ON GROWING FOREVER !
…when are we going to make a start on addressing this fundamental fact?