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Family size greatest issue

The election is over. The new leader will be limited as we all are by our most pressing problem, 7.5 billion people on the planet,

My vote on my family size is a monumental decision affecting social, political, economic and environmental factors. It is far more than just a “personal” decision.

The earth would quite easily support 500 million to a billion people without any climate change, less aggression over resources, more space for other species (which we are wiping out as if they are of no value), far less pollution and a much better likelihood of full employment. At the very least we would have fewer people dealing with a job market being absorbed by automation.

If we recognized family size as our greatest issue, we would work to reduce population as rapidly as possible by making birth control and population information on the benefits of a lower population readily available. Who wants change? We will not change anything by producing more humans. Change would begin immediately if all had fewer babies.

No one talks about this issue, though its effects on all aspects of our lives and the world in which we live are so obvious.

Robert Mitchell


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