A Quebec current events show, Il va y avoir du sport, recently hosted a debate asking: Must the number of births be limited to save the planet?
Doing my best to translate:
In 2009, or perhaps sooner, planet Earth will be home to 7 billion people.
For several decades now, we’ve been wondering if our planet will reach its limits. How many human beings can the world sustain?
Laure Waridel, author and environmental sociologist, pointed out that the resources we consume on a return flight to Paris are equal to what an Ethiopian person consumes over 12 years. Host Marie-France Bazzo therefore asked, “So we should all be living like the Ethiopians?”
Yes, that’s exactly what she meant (duh.)
By the way, in response to the question, “how many humans,” we apparently exceeded the planet’s optimum capacity sometime between 1969 and 1987, according to the World Health Organization.