Why we all benefit
A sustainable population offers a myriad of benefits!
Biodiversity provides clean water, fertile soil and a stable climate. It also supplies food and raw materials for housing, clothing, fuel and medicines. These natural resources are the premise of our existence.
A sustainable population allows ecosystems to recover. Animal species would have the space they need and deserve in order to flourish. The carrying capacity of Earth increases.
A sustainable population means less CO2, but also less emissions of other greenhouse gases. Not only smaller footprints, but also fewer feet help mitigating climate change. Giving birth to a child in developed countries has by far the largest impact.
Less emissions render the air purer and help limit global warming, giving a better chance of preventing extreme weather patterns from destabilising the climate system.
Quality of life
A sustainable population results in happier people, less health risks, allergies and less over-stimulation in our daily lives in urban areas. Also, there is more room for green spaces that can be created to improve our quality of life and health condition.
This is very important for our physical but also psychological well-being (as we all experienced during the coronavirus pandemic).
A sustainable population means that raw materials are under less pressure, facilitating the progress towards meeting everyone’s basic needs. Renewable ressources are given time to renew themselves, and the risk of tensions and conflicts between humans competing for the scarce resources is mitigated.
In the end, this is about the future generations of our population. A sustainable population ensures that future generations, in every form of life, can have a healthy life. By passing on a healthy world to future generations, we ensure a more stable and more hospitable world.