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The main cause of the troubles in Africa, the Middle East and Europe

Iraq + Syria

Year Population
1950 9 million
2015 54 million
2030 83 million
(about the same as Germany)
2055 127 million
(about the same as Russia)

Africa

Year Population
1950 228 million
2015 1,156 million
2030 2,689 million
(greater than the 1950 population of all the world)

(The Figures above come from: World Population Prospects The 2015 Revision.
Or they can be found more directly at POP/DB/WPP/Rev.2015/POP/FO1-1 and POP/DB/PPP/Rev.2015/POPTOT. These are United Nations websites)

  • Result

    Poverty, hunger, water shortage, episodes of conflict and war, the loss of species, the unstoppable migration of many millions, the drowning of thousands every year, and serious damage to the environment.

  • The mystery

    This huge population increase interests almost no one. It is virtually never mentioned by religious or political leaders, aid agencies, the national press, news commentators, or the radio and television news channels.

  • What should be done?

    There should be a world wide campaign by all news channels urging every country in the world to control their population growth so as to protect the environment and save our earthly home.

  • A proven way to control population increase

    In Iran, the fertility rate fell from 5.62 children per woman in 1985-1990 to 1.89 in 2005-2010. This was done by the provision of virtually free family planning, with pro-active health workers and clinics in most localities, encouragement from the government and from religious leaders, teaching about population matters in schools, and lessons on family planning for both men and women before marriage.

Population ideology and science 1948 - 2019

"Population problems are of extreme importance…they have a vital bearing on world peace".

Mgr Giovanni Battista Montini (the future Pope Paul VI) writing to the Twenty-sixth Italian Catholic Social Week, 1953

"the appeals for world peace and pity for the poor made by a man whose action helps to promote war and render poverty inevitable do not impress us any more.".

The reaction of 2600 US scientists to the 1968 confirmation of the ban on artificial contraception by Pope Paul VI. (The Encyclical That Never Was, p244. Sheed&Ward), 1968

"Family planning could bring more benefits to more people at less cost than any other single technology now available to the human race."

Director General of UNICEF, quoted in A Joint Statement by 57 of the World’s Scientific Academies in 1993 before the Cairo Conference, 1993

"Why this strange silence? I meet no one who privately disagrees that population growth is a problem... So why does hardly anyone say so publicly? There seems to be some bizarre taboo around the subject. It's not quite nice, not PC, possibly even racist to mention it."

Sir David Attenborough speaking with HRH Duke of Edinburgh in the chair, RSA President's Lecture 2011: People and Planet. 10th March 2011

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World Fact Book

"The addition of 80 million people each year to an already overcrowded globe is exacerbating the problems of underemployment, pollution, waste-disposal, epidemics, water-shortages, famine, over-fishing of oceans, deforestation, desertification, and depletion of non-renewable resources."

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Royal Society

"Rapid and widespread changes in the world’s human population, coupled with unprecedented levels of consumption present profound challenges to human health and wellbeing, and the natural environment. This report gives an overview of how global population and consumption are linked, and the implications for a finite planet."

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For Catholics

In August the United Nations brought out their 2015 revision: The population of Africa and the wider Middle East is expected to increase by one billion... read more

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Gerry Danaher

The addition of 80 million people each year to an already overcrowded globe is exacerbating the problems of underemployment, pollution, waste-disposal, epidemics, water-shortages, famine, over-fishing of oceans, deforestation, desertification, and depletion of non-renewable resources.

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