Limits to Procreation

Our statement with regard to procreation limits comes from an awareness that the human species has overpopulated the planet. Every day there are more people on this planet. Expressing that humans should wisely and intelligently limit their procreation to that which the planet can sustain is a non-violent response to the violence being perpetrated on our eco-systems by the overabundance of human beings on the planet. Each person has to make their own choices about what limiting their own procreation means to them. For some that will mean not having children, for others that might mean having only one or two children. There are no easy choices. Our culture will become ever more difficult to live within over the coming years. The next generation will have challenges way beyond our ability to predict. Having a few less of them will make it a little easier on them.

World population growth is equivalent to around three babies every second(UNFPA 1999). Every 20 minutes, the world adds another 3,500 human lives and loses one or more species of animal or plant life - at least 27,000 species per year(ZGP July 1999). The world is adding about 78 million more people every year, the population of France, Greece and Sweden combined, or equivalent to a city the size of San Francisco every three days.

Fisheries around the world are collapsing or in decline. Soil fertility is declining and deserts are expanding. The burgeoning population of the world requires additional food. Recently, world ceral crop productivity experienced a decline. Most of the worlds arable land is under cultivation. While science and the utilization of more marginal agricultural lands can increase food production somewhat, current food production and distribution systems are totally dependent upon the use of fossil fuel. The consumption of fossil fuel is fueling global warming, further stressing global ecosystems. The feeding of the world currently is done at the expense of wild ecosystems upon which planetary life - and consequently human life - depends.

Reduction of consumption is one way to help reduce the problem.
Deciding not to procreate has an even more significant impact.