“For too long, people have stopped talking about population on the planet,” says Stack. “We’ve got to start dealing with the truth. There’s not one problem that we face on the planet that’s going to be easier to solve with more people.”
Stack’s thinking mirrors the late Dr. Al Bartlett, physics professor at Colorado University, who asked: “Can you think of any problem on any scale, from microscopic to global, whose long-term solution is in any way aided, assisted or advanced by having larger populations at the local level, state level, nationally or globally? Can you think of anything that will get better if we crowd more people into our towns, cities, states, nations or world?”
Maria Fotopoulos is a Senior Writing Fellow for Californians for Population Stabilization. This column has been edited by the author. Representations of fact and opinions are solely those of the author.