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Which is a bigger threat to human survival, population or consumption?

Asked by Ivan (13439points) May 25th, 2009

In other words, what is the bigger problem, the sheer number of people on the Earth, or the amount of resources each person consumes? Which should we limit?

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pikipupiba's avatar

We should limit the amount of your mom that the world must endure on a daily basis.

Syger's avatar

I’d say population, as it would lead to greater consumption needs. Where as with a lower population a higher consumption isn’t exactly ‘forced’

dannyc's avatar

If we don’t limit the resources, at some point resources will limit the population and not in a positive way.

Staalesen's avatar

I would think population in the longer run…

wundayatta's avatar

Can’t I have a third choice?

Anger and stupidity.

Of your two, they’re about equal in being problems, with a slight edge to population. But neither can hold a candle to the ones I mentioned.

Bluefreedom's avatar

I’m going to have to ask for a third choice like @daloon did. I think mankind is the biggest threat to human survival.

kevbo's avatar

It’s probably not going to be up to “us,” but here’s what’s going on behind the scenes, so to speak. Link This is the nicey nice version, by the way.

pikipupiba's avatar


It has been a rule through the centuries that people are smart, BUT two or more people in the same room are stupid.

Therefore, population is our downfall.

Thank you! Thank you! I’ll be hare all week!

Ivan's avatar

People, I didn’t ask what the biggest threat is. I asked what the bigger threat is.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

What do you think? This coming from me, the guy suggesting a license requirement for procreation.

The mushroom told Terrence McKenna that everything would be fine if we cut our breeding in half for just one year.

Ivan's avatar

I think it’s consumption. We have nearly 2 billion people in China and India quickly reaching the level of industrialized citizens. The industrialized citizen consumes something like 30 times as much resources as a citizen of a third-world country.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

That’s right. How do we curtail the consumption?

Ivan's avatar

Energy efficiency would be a good first step.

pikipupiba's avatar

@Ivan but you must also take into account that we produce hundreds of times more than someone from a third world nation.

Urban's avatar

Population is the ONLY problem that we face. It is the ultimate cause of every problem. I’ve done tons of research on it, I mean, freaking TONS and it’s the only thing the people in charge do not address at even what I would call a minimal scale.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

So invest in green tech? Which one?

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