INFRASTRUCTURE – Population Reduction
Population reduction is critical to the sustainment of life on Earth. The most humane way to reduce the population is to prevent fertilization in the first place. The CHI should find technology that will allow a system of voluntary reversible sterilization.
I strongly suspect that the technology either already exists or is close to existing for reversible sterilization. Even now doctors obtain 98 percent success rates at tubal ligation reversals with 2 out of 3 women becoming pregnant after. I can’t imagine that this procedure couldn’t be perfected far more if money were not involved. Where the flow of money is threatened the defenses of money abound with deception and secrets. In this way technologies we can use may have been kept hidden from us.
According to the World Bank of Data the average woman on Earth today has about 2.3 children in her life. If we were able to reduce that figure to one child per woman there would have to be a significant population decline. I don’t know what the numbers would be but I do suspect that no matter what we do this severe abrupt climate change will take the lives of many people. In the future, therefore, we should be able to look at a population decline instead of an incline.
How many people should we have on Earth? Anthropologists estimate the average population of hunters and gatherers that lived on Earth over 300,000 years prior to civilization was around ten million or less. Today’s population is about 7.8 billion. That is a staggering 780 to 1 ratio. I don’t think we need to reduce the size of our population down to ten million, nor assume the life of hunter-gatherers, but I do think we have to reduce our footprint down to a size that’s sustainable. The CHI should be able to define what that size is and achieving that amount could be the goal we would want to meet.