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DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - On Tuesday, more than 11,000 scientists from across the world signed "World Scientists' Warning of a Climate Emergency," a declaration suggesting that human population is a critical problem.
"Economic and population growth are among the most important drivers of increases in CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion," they claimed, "therefore, we need bold and drastic transformations regarding economic and population policies … the world population must be stabilized — and, ideally, gradually reduced … ."
The declaration echoes a 2017 statement signed by 15,364 scientists from 184 countries. Published in the journal Bioscience, the statement included dire warnings about man's impact on the world:
We are jeopardizing our future…by not perceiving continued rapid population growth as a primary driver behind many ecological and even societal threats. By failing to adequately limit population growth, reassess the role of an economy rooted in growth, reduce greenhouse gases, incentivize renewable energy, protect habitat, restore ecosystems, curb pollution, halt defaunation, and constrain invasive alien species, humanity is not taking the urgent steps needed to safeguard our imperiled biosphere.
"It is also time to re-examine and change our individual behaviors, including limiting our own reproduction," the statement added.
According to the United Nations Population Division, the fertility rate at which women give birth to enough babies to sustain population levels is 2.1 children per woman.
Today, the fertility rate in France stands at 1.9. In the United Kingdom, Ireland (before legalizing abortion), Australia and Russia have hit 1.8 children per woman. The rates of Germany and Switzerland have slumped to 1.6 and 1.5, respectively. Canada also stands at 1.5. Japan's fertility rate is now at 1.4. Italy and Spain are tied at 1.3, though in both countries, certain regions are registering rates lower than 1.0.
Much of the developing world is also suffering from plummeting fertility rates. India and China register rates of 2.2 and 1.7, respectively — and both countries face an impending sex-ratio crisis for aborting millions more girls than boys. Mexico's fertility rate has fallen to 2.1. Brazil's has declined further, to 1.7. In Asia, Thailand's fertility rate now stands at 1.5. Taiwan and South Korea have suffered greater collapse, with 1.2 and 1.1 children per woman, respectively.
Countries relatively free from this modern population collapse are mostly found in Africa, and to a lesser degree, the Middle East and South America. But there are not the ones chiefly responsible for "climate change."
The world's demographic crisis is sobering, leading some governments incentivizing their citizenry monetarily to have more children. Finland, Estonia, Italy, Japan, Australia, and Russia are just a few.
Objective analysts note that, beginning at the end of the 18th century, the world began experiencing annual net population increases. But, they point out, this is mainly the result of better health care, not too many babies.
They argue that, reminiscent of the impactful "Population Bomb" hoax of the 1960s, the public is not being told the whole story. Most national populations are aging rapidly, which has serious social and economic ramifications. If this trend continues, population control enthusiasts — among them, the 11,000 signatories of "World Scientists' Warning of a Climate Emergency," — will achieve their ultimate goal: a planet sparsely populated by human beings.
This scenario is spelled out in the eye-opening video documentary, Demographic Winter: the Decline of the Human Family, in which distinguished academics express with alarm that the world is going through a real demographic crisis from lack of births that needs immediate attention before it is too late.
Catholic researchers also point to the detrimental effects of the invention of the birth control pill and subsequent common usage of contraception. This, along with the demand it brought for abortion, has had a great impact. Relating to the four prophetic warnings that Pope Paul VI laid out in Humanae Vitae in 1968, one phenomenon that was overlooked has come to pass: a depopulation crisis.