From November 2022, our planet counts Eight billion people. And the world population is expected to continue to grow, reaching 8.5 billion in 2030 and 10.4 billion in the 2080s. Can humanity survive on Earth properly?
Climate regulationDecline Environmental systems, Infectionsscarcity natural resourcesConflicts, freedom restrictions, political authoritarianism, permanent economic and social crises… Concerns are big: 56% of the world’s 16-25 year olds think humanity is doomed. An investigation British University of Bath on 10,000 young people from ten countries published in the journal Science The Lancet In September 2021.
Transforming communities to transform the world
Should you give up having children for environmental reasons? on the news podcast 20 minutes ” Wait a minute! “, interview with Frederick SpinhirnyHospital Director, Director of Medical Affairs at Tours University Hospital, a philosopher by training, and Nathaniel WallenhorstA professor at West Catholic University, co-authored the report Want to save the planet? Make babies! (Apple tree4 Euro).
The report calls for an approach that integrates demographic, environmental, political and ethical considerations Make babies!, but did not propose a policy in favor of births, or establish it as a legal prohibition. The thesis supported by the authors is that a habitable earth for all is not a dependent A drastic reduction in the number of births.
Here the authors want to redraw the definitions of social relations, called “social productivity”, which is called “social creation”, which aims to strengthen social bonds and increase our power to initiate an action that changes the course of things (…) Creation as a social concept in the face of a predatory or cruel world. Defines the shape of the surge. They also call for the recovery of the living.
Listen to Nathanaël Wallenhorst and Frédéric Spinhirny in this episode about population, the importance of changing production relations in the world, but also the importance of educating women, controlling waste, especially food waste. “The only solution to our problem is to focus on the declining birth rate [aux problèmes du monde]. For us this is not possible. It takes the wrong fight, it avoids politicizing a lot of current issues,” comments Frederick Spinhirny in this interview. “When politics is aimed at markets, it gets crazy. It loses what it gives, which is to prepare a hospitable future for those who do not yet have it, so that they are young (…)”, again underlines Nathaniel Wallenhorst. . The rest of this exchange, in the player above!
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