Today, the world population is about 7 billion. Although the population growth rate has come down from its record-high levels during previous decades, we are still experiencing a worldwide increase of about 1% each year. According to the United Nations, based on fertility estimations, the world population will reach 10 billion by 2100.
Fertility levels vary greatly between regions based upon several socioeconomic factors. 18% of the world’s inhabitants currently live in high-fertility areas. In these areas women are having on average 1.5 female children, signs that high fertility will continue there. These areas are heavily concentrated in Africa, with 39 of the 55 countries on the continent being labeled as high-fertility nations. It is projected that by 2100 the population will triple in these areas, which is in stark contrast with the projected population decline expected to hit low-fertility countries. Furthermore, life expectancy in high-fertility nations is expected to increase greatly due to the decrease in the spread of HIV/AIDS. By 2100, the average life expectancy in these high-fertility nations will likely by 77 (it is currently only 56!).
Increasing population growth will have drastic implications for these nations as well as the world as a whole. Currently, we are over-consuming our resources, leaving little for future generations. How will the world sustain such a large population with such limited resources? It is noteworthy that these high-fertility areas that will continue to grow are already facing a dearth of resources. These nations are struggling to supply their inhabitants with water and food in the present; a further increase in population will only make it more difficult for them to sustain a healthy population.
My modest proposal for population control is that we rid the world of hundreds of thousands of women before they have the chance to reproduce.
Sure, we can teach the world about the importance of contraceptives or resource scarcity, but why bother? By killing off women in high-fertility areas the problem is simply eliminated. There is no need to waste time and energy on trying to fix a potential problem when we can get right to the root cause of the issue! Population growth can bring upon a slew of challenges for the world, but with this easy solution we can avoid all future troubles.