Discussing why population growth is still ignored or denied

Helen Kopnina*, Haydn Washington

*Corresponding author for this work

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Due to a number of factors outlined in this article, the issue of population growth is excluded from the sustainability discussion. In this article, we explore some of the ethical presumptions that underlie the issues linking population growth and sustainability. Critics argue that action to address population creates social and economic segregation, and portray overpopulation concerns as being “anti-poor,” “anti-developing country,” or even “antihuman.” Yet, de-linking demographic factors from sustainability concerns ignores significant global realities and trends, such as the ecological limits of the Earth, the welfare and long-term livelihood of the most vulnerable groups, future prospects of humanity, as well as the ecosystems that support society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-143
Number of pages11
JournalChinese Journal of Population Resources and Environment
Issue number2
Early online date6 Apr 2016
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes


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