The myth of human overpopulation — that there is some hard limit to the population human society can sustain and we are near it if not past it — is over 3,500 years old but never seems to die. Some in the climate movement are giving it new life even now. But the reality is that every past prediction of overpopulation has turned out to be wrong, that trying to control the population always harms impoverished people and people of color first, and that no matter how quickly you shrink humanity and at what moral cost, so long as the economic system is based on infinite growth, you will run into ecological limits sooner or later. This piece draws heavily on several sources in English which I would recommend:
In this report for Local Call, I reviewed the outlines for climate policy delineated by the 2018 IPCC report and the approach to climate policy put forward by the various parties running in Israel’s September 2019 elections. I found that most parties do not take this issue seriously, and even the few that do, fall short of meeting the IPCC report’s emissions targets.
In this piece for Local Call I cover the political background of the increase in forest fires in the Amazon this summer, as well as the connection to animal agriculture and indigenous rights.
Neoliberalism has had no greater victory, I suspect, than in the trend of highly selective consumption among leftists.
People often seem to conceptualize politics as akin to video games in which you can just make a click and decide how things will be done. Reality is, of course, much more complicated.