Population and Resources

So far, technology has accommodated and augmented population growth. We’ve seen our “green revolution” spread across the globe and feed the multitudes. The globe remains, however, a finite resource.

Economics and Population

We have no examples of economic growth occurring in the absence of human population growth. Population growth is a Ponzi scheme and we’re setting up future generations as its victims. We are paying into the base of the pyramid with natural resources.

Humanity's Ponzi Scheme

Our economic dependence on population growth bears a disturbing similarity to a global Ponzi scheme - a scam in which an unethical entrepreneur promises investors big returns, which he fraudulently generates from the contributions of later investors.

The Population Problem

Our habitat won’t allow the human population to expand forever. But if the global population stabilizes, we face an unprecedented economic problem. Prosperity depends on an expanding human population to support our expanding global economy.

Acknowledge the Challenges

Enormous obstacles form a barrier that effectively blocks our view of the future. Even if we dream up a beautiful and abundant vision for our future, can we see the path from where we are today to that future past these big obstacles?

Politics, Population, Pollination and Pigs

Mother Earth News embraces controversial topics that affect the lives of readers and the health of the planet, as well as practical, every-day topics of sustainable living.

The Austerity Conundrum

While conservation is neccessary for providing for an ever-growing human population, it alone cannot solve our problems. In fact, it may distract us from the real issue at hand.

When Poverty Prohibits Conservation

Overpopulation and greed are obvious stumbling blocks to conservation efforts, but in the poorest parts of the world conservation is a luxury that simply can't be afforded.

Why Are People Starving?

The reasons for the inequitable distribution of human nourishment, worldwide, are complex and hotly debated.

Malthus' Last Laugh

We're probably on our way to a population-related catastrophe, after all.

The Poor, Still With Us

The good news: We can grow a lot more food than we could in the old days. The bad news: We can't grow enough

Three Mountains to Climb

We have three big challenges confronting us: preserving our habitat, controlling our population and reforming our economic systems.

The Limits of Conservation

But it’s not our nature to sit around complacently waiting for the asteroid, not while we have this miraculous opportunity to preserve and enhance our planet. Just as we once visualized the first irrigated field, invented the first wheel and dreamed of machines that fly, we can visualize the earth as a beautiful and productive garden where millions of species thrive. Then we can build it.

Birdwatchers, Noah and Other Remarkable Creatures

Humanity is truly remarkable. Maybe we should take a moment, now and then, to appreciate just how unusual we are. There's no other species, at least none that we know of, that even considers its impact on the environment.