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Dave Gardner – Population and the Future of the Planet

April 3, 2020

Dave Gardner of World Population Balance asks: Are there too many people on planet Earth?

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The very subject of human population is so controversial and even taboo that it is almost impossible to discuss in any meaningful or objective manner. Those who favour population reduction are often cast as Malthusian misanthropists by their opponents, while those who believe that the Earth can easily support current and future population growth are dismissed as naïve, irresponsible, and even ecocidal.

Whatever the case, we are facing a maelstrom of serious environmental crises, including climate disruption, species extinction, deforestation, fresh water shortages, and fertile soil depletion. The sheer size of the human enterprise is a major root cause of all these. Have we simply outgrown the planet? Smarter, more sustainable practices are a necessary part of the solution, but we may never solve these crises over the long term without also scaling back the size of our population. But questions remain: Can this be done without coercive or draconian measures? What impact would a smaller population have on the economy and standards of living? Can we learn anything from countries whose populations are already in decline? And, in our consumerist culture of ever greater growth and yet more things and stuff, are we really ready for a new way of being?

The Overpopulation Podcast
One Planet, One Child

Previous interview with Dave Gardner: Growthbusters – Hooked on Growth

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Dave Gardner – Growthbusters: Hooked on Growth

February 4, 2013

Director Dave Gardner discusses his film GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth. This ground-breaking documentary challenges our beliefs linking growth with prosperity and fulfilment. The film explores how our attitudes toward economics, consumption and population growth prevent rational responses to evidence that we’ve outgrown the planet. In this David vs. Goliath story, Dave shares his own personal story of daring to challenge our growth-worshipping system. He is rebuked by elected officials who are deacons of the church of growth everlasting, takes on millionaire real-estate developers enriched by public subsidies, and tackles economists who spin pro-growth propaganda.

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