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In this right now world we live, nobody thinks about their impact on the future. It reminds me of a "Star Trek" episode where Kirk was transported to a world so they could steal a disease that would help eliminate some of the population. They had no disease and no place to rest; their planet was full.

Great job!
Have a great day, and God bless.
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 Comment Written 10-Sep-2019



reply by the author on 11-Sep-2019
    Hi Mike. Thank you for your super review and rating. Yes, I remember the old Star Trek which was so prophetic. If we take up all the birthing spots, there will be none left for our grandchildren to have children--perhaps not even one child. We are being selfish. The best gift we can give future generations is to curb our population growth to preserve our ecological gifts and leave a place for their own child. Marilyn
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This essay, World Overpopulation, should be old news by now, but I guess we never learn. Of course it's the breed and plead masses that make this a crisis. We're screwed.


 Comment Written 09-Sep-2019



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    Hi Bill. Somehow we have to start having this conversation of overpop. Politicians won't touch it. Too scared of losing elections. If we don't get a handle on it, our grandkids won't be able to have any kids at all, not even one. I fear for future generations who will reap all the havoc we have let accumulate over years of passing the buck. Marilyn
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I think this essay has some valid points. The most valid point is this one, in my opinion: "However, 3rd world countries are the biggest contributors of human beings to the planet ~ even when they have no means to support such numbers."
It is my opinion that developed countries still have more to do to help share and re-distribute resources. This essay points out the need to be wise with how we create new family members, but of course it is limited in scope.


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reply by the author on 08-Sep-2019
    Hi Crystie. We can and do help feed, clothe, educate, medicate the poor around the globe. BUT, there isn't enough money in the world to support the indigent whose countries cannot/will not help their own people. These despots could care less.

    The numbers don't lie. At 7.7 billion and growing exponentially every day we cannot continue to have unlimited numbers of children. If we do, that means that in the future our kids and grandkids and their kids may not be able to have even one child. Zero population growth means just replace yourselves (2 kids). The problem is getting birth control to indigent peoples in third world countries. Because of cultural and religious mores, women would probably not be able to take it--not because they want to be pregnant 24/7 but because males in their culture wouldn't permit it.

reply by CrystieCookie999 on 08-Sep-2019
    I guess I come at this from a slightly different point of view. But there is definitely much more that could be done.

reply by the author on 09-Sep-2019
    I'm curious what you think is worthwhile doing without ever addressing world overpopulation.

reply by CrystieCookie999 on 09-Sep-2019
    Well, I am not any sort of planner or engineer, but I read a book by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter about the need for clean water sources in remote parts of Africa and other places. He felt horrible that people were still forced to bathe in and drink disease-ridden waters. It has been stuck in my mind for awhile that humans can go without food longer than clean water (maybe 3 days max). I know there is something about drip systems that occurs to me once in a while. But my brother-in-law is the engineer in the family, not me. He did invent something once that dispenses water as needed to trees (mainly Christmas trees, but then, everyone now seems to want artificial ones). Another book by U.S. Senator Rand Paul describes performing cataract surgery in Guatemala and helping distribute eyeglasses to other people so they could see to work to provide for themselves. So we have more to do!

reply by the author on 11-Sep-2019
    Absolutely. We all have to help where we can. I agree with that. Curbing our exponential population growth has nothing to do with not helping. As a matter of fact, these indigents would be helped if they had reliable birth control and used it. If they cannot feed or water or medicate one child they certainly cannot do the same for 10.

reply by CrystieCookie999 on 11-Sep-2019
    I would also come at it from a Christian point of view and emphasize chastity before marriage, fidelity after marriage, and I would absolutely be open to birth control to help regulate painful times of the month, and whatever is necessary to help in cases of rape or incest.
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I just watched a movie about this very thing -- based upon Dan Brown's third book in the series (beginning with the DaVinci Code). It was fabulous, but yes, overpopulation is a VERY big deal, and we ARE headed for extinction if we don't wake up!

An excellent write, my friend. Now publish it everywhere you can!!!


 Comment Written 08-Sep-2019



reply by the author on 08-Sep-2019
    Hi Dawn. Thank you for your review of this piece. I will keep writing about and hopefully others will to. We have to speak up. The entire ecology thing is caused by too many people and not time for the planet to replenish itself. Politicians won't talk about it unless we force them to address it. Marilyn
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I agree that overpopulation is part of the problem, but we can't blame third-world countries for the ever-rising plume of greenhouse gases.
The US, China, and India are the largest producers of greenhouse gases.
And it's because of our over-reliance on fossil fuels, fracking, and lax emission controls.

Yes, over population plays a part in our plight. But babies don't pollute the air. Babies don't burn gasoline. Babies don't deforest the rainforests to make room for cattle ranches!

As I say, overpopulation is a part of the problem, but not the most critical part at this moment.

Peace, Lee





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reply by the author on 08-Sep-2019
    We are all consumers and trash makers, babies or not. At 7.7 billions people we have too many humans to the exclusion of all other species. All ecological problems are the result of world overpop and it will get worse. We are breeding ourselves off the planet. No sense talking about ecology if we don't address overpop. Politicians won't touch it. Just have two kids, replace ourselves. No sense arguing about it. It is what it is. Marilyn
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Without a doubt, this is a message that needs to be heard!

So very well written, researched and presented, Marilyn! Something needs to be done so that future generations can survive and so that Earth can survive. It's a scary thought to think that Man himself is creating his own demise.

Great topic! Let's hope that politicians band together on this one, and come up with a viable solution. Birth control should be top of the list on everyone's agenda.

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 Comment Written 08-Sep-2019



reply by the author on 08-Sep-2019
    Hi Connie. Thank you for your super review and rating. This is an important topic. Everyone on social media should ask the question in tweets and FB why politicians are not discussing this urgent problem. Politicians won't touch it--they are afraid to. Instead they talk about climate change and pollution, all root cause of overpop. It's like putting a Bandaid on a severed artery. Marilyn
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This is super interesting, Marilyn. Clearly explained.
It is indeed a serious problem and one with a difficult solution.
I enjoyed both your text and your notes.
Thanks for sharing.


 Comment Written 08-Sep-2019



reply by the author on 08-Sep-2019
    Hi Maria. Thank you for bringing up your topic in your flash club. And thank you for your review. Marilyn
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You know, Marylin, I'm actually a microbiologist, though I've spent most of my life as a high school science teacher. One of the first lessons learned about microbes is what you said in your well written essay. When a population grows unchecked, it poisons itself. I've never heard it talked about, and I personally don't support abortion for various reasons, but something needs to be done. You are so right.

Great job,
Rhonda


 Comment Written 08-Sep-2019



reply by the author on 08-Sep-2019
    Hi Rhonda. No politician will discuss this for fear of never being elected again. We all have to tweet and go onto social media (I call it antisocial media) and post why no one is addressing this urgent problem. If we all want children and grandchildren, we have to leave space in the world for them to have at least one child in the future. Thank you for your supportive review. Marilyn
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Honest, direct and difficult words and thoughts may not be received well by constricted minds ... I'm giving you the sixth star in an attempt to balance incoming ratings:)
I just read a New Yorker article about reality of climate change and how we should be preparing for it, not just hoping to stop it.
Thank you for your essay and its truth and importance.


 Comment Written 08-Sep-2019



reply by the author on 08-Sep-2019
    Hi Helena. Thank you for your support and great rating. We should all be demanding this topic be brought up by politicians. They won't because public opinion will assure they will never be re-elected. That's why they ALL have to bring it up and discuss it.

    The people who can least afford more than 2 kids are having the most worldwide. If we all hope to have children, grandchildren and great grandchildren we have to leave space for them. All ecological problems stem from world overpop. Marilyn
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I do agree with what you say, here, but more importantly, for the purposes of this site, it is very well written. In terms of overpopulation in third world countries, we'd need to sort out access to birth control. Vasectomies for men at a certain point is a great idea. I also think that, whilst limiting the number of children people have is a great idea, we'd need to sort out the still prevalent issue of gender bias in so many countries which leads to the type of thing they had in China, where the girls ended up being hidden away or killed.


 Comment Written 08-Sep-2019



reply by the author on 08-Sep-2019
    You're right about the China situation, Sarkems. Women are like chattel in other cultures, sad to say. Girl babies were aborted or killed. Gene manipulation is now making it possible to choose gender. In that case 2 kids = 1 boy and 1 girl, unless ignored. Birth control and education to stop at 2 is needed. On the other hand, if nobody pays attention, future generations may not be able to have any. World leaders should have the courage to address this calamity right now, but they won't. They all want to be re-elected. It's easier to send up the smoke screens of climate change while never addressing the root cause of our ecological problems. Thank you for your review. Marilyn
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