Jun 21, 2014

Quick Green Update: Japan Shows us that Quality of Life and Sustainability can trump mindless increases in GDP based on Population Growth

We love little kids and We love humanity too but would not most of us agree that the Earth has a lot of humans. Maybe too many humans.

Most Capitalistic thought that we have read speaks of an increase in the spread of humanity in order to power the worlds economies.

We feel that an economy that takes place during stagnant population growth and which rewards economies of reuse by major manufacturers  would allow folks to be better educated(since there would be fewer to educate) and have a more relaxing life perhaps with a lot less work.

Lester Brown speaks of this type of economy in some of his books. Here are a few of his titles.


So we are always happy when we see a well written, a-political article that has statistics to back up what we feel.

Here are excerpts from an article entitled,

Japan's ageing population could actually be good news

"Japanese longevity(median age of 46 years) can't compensate for its ultra-low fertility rate – just 1.4 children per woman. Hard-working Japanese society has "embraced voluntary mass childlessness", says Nicholas Eberstadt, a demographer at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC."

"With 127 million people, Japan is hardly empty. But fewer people in future will mean it has more living space, more arable land per head, and a higher quality of life, says Eberstadt. Its demands on the planet for food and other resources will also lessen."

"Japan isn't alone in demographic contraction: Russia, Romania and Hungary all follow the trend. For many more, it is being delayed by immigration. But the global population bomb is slowly being defused. As Swedish statisticianHans Rosling first noted, the world recently reached "peak child" – the point where the number of children aged 0 to 14 around the globe levels off. Global fertility rates have halved in 40 years – they are now below 2.5 children per woman – and global population may peak soon.

So, far from being a demographic outlier, Japan is "the world leader in demographic change", says Aoki. For some this sounds like a disaster. China last year relaxed its one-child policy fearing that predicted population decline in the 2030s would choke its economic development. But others believe that peak population is a necessary first step to reducing our assault on the planet's life-support systems. In that case, following Japan's example may be just the ticket."
Here's the entire article from New Scientist Health

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