So there's a lot of talk about global warming and how to reduce our impact on the environment. There's a lot of ideas, about alternative fuels, cars that consume less fuel, efficient buildings, veganism etc., and indeed, it's all good I suppose. I heard something about the goal being a 50% reduction of our current pollution by the year 2050. Like I said, new technology and global awareness is all good... but is it really enough? Even if each person halved their pollution til 2050, we've pretty much doubled our numbers by then, no? Status quo? The way I see it, the only really effective way to reduce our stress on the environment is to decrease the population - there will be less consumption -> less demand -> less production -> less use of natural resources -> less pollution = problem solved! Do we really have to be 6 billion people? Why not 60 million? NO NO NO, I'm not talking about wars and genocide here, it's enough if people stop breeding for a while. To get something like this to work the government in each country would have to set up strict regulations regarding breeding. No more "child-support-money" - instead, some sort of penalty for those who breed. These regulations could be removed once the population has reached acceptable numbers. Could there also be other benefits from a reduced population? Maybe it'd be easier to gain control of the next pandemic? I suppose a downside would be that the stock markets would definately take a well needed plunge, seeing that the companies wouldn't be able to show any growth anymore that'd probably cause some chaos for a while, but eventually the markets would settle I think. Ok, if you read through all of the above you have my admiration. It's merely a suggestion, personally I tend to think that whatever is and whatever happens is insignificant anyway.