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Pope Declares: Do Not Multiply! We’re on a quest for noteworthy news stories, commentaries and speeches that either exemplify notorious pro-growth bias or offer refreshing honesty and accuracy about limits to growth. Public officials rarely opt to side with the laws of physics, so it’s a red-letter day when the pope reverses years of pro-reproduction dogma. Yesterday, Pope Francis did just that. Just two months ago the religious icon was accusing parents who limited their offspring as being “greedy.” In his morning Mass, Francis yesterday announced he has had a change of heart. As he waved his hand over the throngs in St. Peter’s Square, the pontiff...
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BS from the Pope In February Vatican Radio gave us this report of Pope Francis’ latest remarks about bringing children into the world. The Catholic Church continues to play a significant role in obstructing movement toward a sustainable population. It’s not the first time the pontiff finds himself on our Wall of Shame, but I remain hopeful that this pope will ultimately shepherd Catholic doctrine into the 21st century. These words from Pope Francis earned him instant Wall of Shame status: “…a society with a greedy generation, that doesn’t want to surround itself with children, that considers them above all worrisome, a weight, a risk, is...
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We Have Met the Enemy, and He is Us Don’t let my provocative headline give you the wrong impression. Today’s awesome piece of writing did not earn Wall of Fame honors by shaming us for our bad behavior. There is plenty to be ashamed about, but Bill Ryerson does a great job of creating understanding and offering realistic hope in his introduction to the new book: Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot I write this with no reluctance or ambivalence. I’m quite certain Ryerson’s introduction to this stunning book is the best writing about world population I’ve read. Reading and sharing this introduction is mandatory, but I also want to highly recommend placing a copy...
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Economic Growth Group Draws Blueprint for Planetary Destruction 10 counties in south central Kansas, a university a think tank and a foundation share the spotlight today on the Wall of Shame. They are undertaking an effort called Blueprint for Regional Economic Growth, as reported by John Green in The Hutchinson News: Economic Growth Group to Start This story caught my eye, because the last thing a full planet needs is another “economic growth” group. But Wichita State University, several counties, the Kaufman Foundation and the Brookings Institution are apparently not up to speed. They’ve probably not read the latest Living Planet Report. They may have missed The Limits to...
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Enough of this Baby Talk! Congratulations and Wall of Fame Honors to freelance writer Erin Migdol today for her piece in Mic about societal expectations and pressures for women to birth babies. In 12 Women With Perfect Responses for Why They Don't Have Kids, Migdol wonderfully makes the point that reproduction is not the primary purpose of a woman’s existence. “In a classic Seinfeld episode, Elaine sits surrounded by friends with kids as they accost her with the now-infamous line: ‘You gotta have a baby!’ We can only guess millions of women watched, nodding their heads and wondering: What do you say when society demands to know...
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