As we go year after year often paying lip service to our environmental challenges, the single most destructive effect on the environment - population growth - is rarely addressed on a national, state or local scale.
Letter writer David Milne of Shelton insists that we “must talk about, and stop, population growth.”
I couldn’t agree more.
We must realize that we live on a finite sized world where nonrenewable and renewable resources cannot keep up with population growth forever. Our finite fresh water supply is already under great pressure globally and nationally.
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More people mean more roads and infrastructure covering great swaths of farm land that already compete with biofuel crops for space and water.
Nationally and internationally, here are some things we should consider:
• Free contraceptives for low-income families.
• Tax incentives for couples who adopt rather than have children of their own.
• Tax incentives for couples who forego having children altogether.
• Eliminate tax breaks for those having more than two children.
• Teach family planning in our high schools.
• Lower our liberal immigration quotas and implement stiff penalties for employers that violate our immigration laws.
Through the U.N. and other international aid agencies, create comprehensive literacy programs combined with family planning and instruction and distribution of contraceptives.
We ignore this issue at the peril of future generations and our own.