This Sustainable Life
483: Jane O'Sullivan: Debunking the "Aging Problem" Scam
What happens when populations age?
Can you envision a world with a sustainable population, well below Earth's capacity, therefore living resiliently in abundance per person? I can.
Governments and media are petrified at populations shrinking and aging. It turns out they are motivated by reasons that sound plausible.
Jane looked at the numbers and found the fears unfounded. She also found industries seeding and promoting the fears, making them scams. Allowing the scams to affect us exacerbates the risk of a collapse in Earth's ability to sustain life and society.
She treats more unfounded fears about population size that lead people to baselessly fear what seems to me one of the top elements of retaining Earth's ability to sustain life---lowering our birth rate through the peaceful, voluntary, and fun methods that worked in Thailand, Costa Rica, and many other nations.
Listen to Jane's conversation and read her paper to feel more confident in promoting smaller families. The evidence I see suggests Earth can support about two billion people living at Western European polluting levels, which means Americans will have to reduce consumption and every culture will have to reduce birth rates.
- The paper that led me to Jane: Silver tsunami or silver lining? Why we should not fear an ageing population