Population crises

Overview of POPULATION Crises

Population backlashes threaten extensive destabilization resulting from Competitive Overuse of resources crucial to the world economy and require Collective Sustainability as a counter-measure


Overpopulation has triggered a systemic pattern of Competitive Overuse that has led to chronic overexploitation of natural resources


Competitive Overuse is depleting even readily-visible resources but is building especially-threatening backlashes in systems that are largely obscured

  • Vast areas of forest and productive land are being depleted despite being highly visible forms of Competitive Overuse
  • World fish stocks across numerous previously-common species are at risk of imminent collapse from unintended Competitive Overuse
  • Unsustainable use of water is leading to unprecedented risks of drought and an associated curtailment of food supplies
  • There are clear symptoms of early-stage failure of destabilized ecosystems crucial to many national economies


Developing nations – including major countries like China and India – are at severe risk of medium-term Population-driven disruptions


Even well-developed nations risk catastrophic destabilization long-term as a result of systems collapsing from Competitive Overuse

  • Global overpopulation is increasingly locking the world economy into multiple patterns of Competitive Overuse
  • National self-interest and political short-sightedness are maintaining many of the most threatening examples of Competitive Overuse by the global community
  • Increasing numbers of those systems that underpin the world economy are nearing an end-stage of catastrophic collapse


Population crises need COLLECTIVE SUSTAINABILITY – countering the risk that Competitive Overuse leads to system-collapses

  • Overpopulation side-effects such as overfishing and water-depletion cannot be solved even by full representation of those involved – but systems reinforcing such actions can be changed
  • As with energy-efficiency the most effective way of mitigating overexploitation is to help people avoid wasting food and materials or causing unnecessary congestion
  • Agricultural and fishery subsidies are currently a major cause of Competitive Overuse that must be widely publicized and urgently realigned on a fully-scientific basis
  • Public awareness of popular fish-stocks at risk of collapse must be heightened – at the same time as concerted action is taken to stop pirate-fishing and finning abuses
  • Agricultural policy must improve water and oil efficiency in farming, reduce topsoil erosion, extend seed-bank archives, and urgently research ecosystem-failures
  • Food-security should be maximized by countries producing what they are best at, exporting overproduction, and importing foods that satisfy Collective Sustainability