According to some quick calculations, the entire human population of Earth could fit into a space the size of Connecticut with enough room for each man, woman, and child to have more than 19 square feet of space each (and that's accounting for lakes and rivers). Of course, we couldn't live like that, but it makes a point; there's a lot of room on this planet. Yet, logistical concerns have caused smallish parts of the world, like the British Isles, to be concerned about the crowds of humanity washing up on their shores. At the same time, the population explosion among Muslims have many worried the Islamic Invasion of Europe will finally succeed after a millennium.
Jonathan Porritt, one of Prime Minister Gordon Brown's leading environmental advisors, believes that Great Britain needs to greatly reduce the size of its population if it is to continue to take care of itself in the future. Porritt said, "Population growth, plus economic growth, is putting the world under terrible pressure. Each person in Britain has far more impact on the environment than those in developing countries so cutting our population is one way to reduce that impact."
Porritt is not alone in his belief that the current population growth – not only in the UK, but in the larger world – will soon be more than Earth can handle. Porritt will be attending the annual conference of the population control group, Optimum Population Trust (OPT) at the Royal Statistical Society in London on March 26. One of the main purposes of the conference is to discuss "ways of achieving sustainability."
"Sustainability" is a word that means, "continue to survive without using up all resources." It is a popular term among green groups worried about the spread of humanity.
The men and women of OPT believe that the world will not be able to "sustain" the current population of humans for much longer. According to a news release OPT says,
"With the earth's population growing by around 80 million - a new Germany - each year, the Optimum Population Trust has assembled a distinguished group of experts to discuss the scientific case for lowering global and national populations to environmentally sustainable levels."OPT cites James Lovelock, author of the Gaia theory, who believes that Earth may only be able to "sustain" ½ - 1 billion people in the near future. (The Gaia theory, named in honor of the goddesss Gaia, is the idea that the earth itself is one big, self-regulating organism, with all its physical parts working together toward homeostasis.)
Certainly we want to take good care of the land we've been given, and we have a responsibility to care for our environmental assets. While we hope the Lord will not tarry much longer, we do not know how much longer we will need to live on this particular piece of real estate in the universe. It's our job to be wise with the resources God has given us, using all our creativity and talents to care not just for ourselves but for our neighbors and future generations.
Yet, whenever anybody talks about "lowering global and national populations" one has to ask, "how exactly do you plan to do that?" Promote contraception? Abortion? Euthanasia? What about testing fetuses for disabilities with the option to abort? What about a one-child policy? To what terrifying cliffs do these population control roads lead?
In the meanwhile, groups like Muslims, Catholics, Mormons and certain Protestants will apparently take over the world (before it ends), since they are the sorts who believe in producing more – not less – offspring.
In Brussels, politicians are worried about the large number of Muslim immigrants who have made Belgium their home. An estimated 25 percent of Brussels 1 million residents are Muslim, and three of Brussels 19 sections now has a Muslim majority, according Filip Dewinter a leader in Vlaams Belang, a far-right separatist party. He claims,
"In those neighborhoods it's not our government that's in power," he said, "but the Muslim authorities — the mosques, the imams — who are in charge."Many Belgiums are not concerned as long as the Muslim populations integrate well. Integration has been the goal of Socialist Philippe Moureaux, mayor of the significantly Islamic section of Molenbeek. Yet, Fox News reporters found that law and order could not be taken for granted in Molenbeek. Fox News writes:
"Yet Molenbeek remains disconcerting. Belgian police assigned three plainclothes officers to watch over a FOX News team shooting street scenes one morning in Molenbeek. When FOX News returned in the afternoon as more people were out and about, the police said it would be safer not to get out of the car. It wasn't even dark yet."The problem was not just the typical street crime of large cities, but specifically the anti-Western attitudes among Belgium's Muslims.
Will OPT try to limit the population growth of Muslims in the UK as well? Do they think they'll have any success? Or is it only white males who have to go?
God told Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply and to fill the earth. He gave Adam the job of managing the earth and tending it. There is great danger in seeing human beings as a threat to the earth rather than recognizing that the earth is the temporary home God has given humankind. We need to take care of our temporary home, and we need to make sure our neighbors can eat, but we also need to remember that Jesus Christ died for human beings - not for planet Earth. This Earth will burn up one day. Humans were made to live forever.
Earth Heading For 5 Billion Overpopulation? - Optimum Population Trust
Britain Set To Become Most Populous Country In EU - The Observer
Politicians Fret as Muslim Population Swells in Europe Amid Little Integration - Fox News
Conference On World-Class Sustainable Cities - The Star Online
UK Population Must Fall To 30m, Says Porritt - The London Times
Galápagos Islands: Is There Room For Humans In 'Nature's Laboratory'? - The Christian Science Monitor