Population explosion myth versus today’s world


For decades, Americans and Europeans have been fed with an idea stating the world is in the midst of a population explosion that would cause acute food crisis, starvation, and render the earth uninhabitable. Some of the developed nations in Asia – for example Japan and South Korea have also been fed with the same theory. Under influence of this ‘population explosion’ propaganda, majority of the countries in the world – including the United States, European nations, Japan, South Korea etcetera not only adopted strict birth-control policies – one child per couple or no child ideas became extremely popular which has now resulted in alarming decline in population in those countries. High living cost is another reason behind Japanese and South Koreans in either having one child or no child.

In Japan, deaths have outpaced births for more than a decade, posing a growing problem for leaders of the world’s third-largest economy. They now face a ballooning elderly population, along with a shrinking workforce to fund pensions and health care as demand from the aging population surges.

Japan’s population has been in steady decline since its economic boom of the 1980s and stood at 125.5 million in 2021, according to the most recent government figures.

Its fertility rate of 1.3 is far below the rate of 2.1 required to maintain a stable population, in the absence of immigration.

The country also has one of the highest life expectancies in the world; in 2020, nearly one in 1,500 people in Japan were age 100 or older, according to government data.

These concerning trends prompted a warning in January from Prime Minister Fumio Kishida that Japan is “on the brink of not being able to maintain social functions”.

Myth of population explosion

People in the United States and Europe in particular were told, the world would simply run out of food, and could not possibly sustain the population it would soon have. This was how generations of people were sold on the idea that it was the “responsible” thing to do to have small families, and it even led to the weakening of the idea of the family itself as contributing to the looming problem that looked as if it would kill us all. There was just one problem with the whole scenario – there was no population explosion at all, as a new study has now confirmed.

British newspaper The Guardian in a recent report said: “the long-feared ‘population bomb’ may not go off, according to the authors of a new report that estimates that human numbers will peak lower and sooner than previously forecast”.

The Club of Rome study, which was “carried out by the Earth4All collective of leading environmental science and economic institutions, including the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Stockholm Resilience Centre and the BI Norwegian Business School”, predicts that “on current trends the world population will reach a high of 8.8 billion before the middle of the century, then decline rapidly”.

This being the Guardian, it added: “The peak could come earlier still if governments take progressive steps to raise average incomes and education levels”.

It’s jarring to read this. Population explosion hysteria has been a staple of education for decades, and there are no doubt millions of people who still take the idea that soon there will be many more people on earth than can possibly be fed as axiomatic fact. Americans have so internalized this belief that people with large families are guilt-tripped on a routine basis.

The population explosion myth became the basis for many of the Left’s other favored agendas, including the “climate crisis,” the bug-eating plan, and even the sexual revolution, which was in large part made possible by the contraception and abortion that we were told had to be readily available in order to try to bring the world’s population under control.

People in the United States and Europe have long taken for granted the idea that the world is in the midst of a “population explosion” that threatens to cause the starvation of millions and render the earth uninhabitable.

While people in the West were heavily indulged in the fear of population explosion and the world heading towards acute food crisis, Muslims did not actually believe in this theory or at least did not follow the path to population decline by refraining from having any child. This has resulted in Islam emerging into a massively growing religion in the world.

Massive growth of Muslim population

With today’s global population of 8.1 billion, there are 2.6 billion Christians, which is projected to be 3.3 billion by 2050, while the current 1.9 billion Muslim population is projected to be 2.8 billion by 2050. By the end of 2100 Muslims are expected to outnumber Christians. According to study, Muslims population growth is twice of world’s overall population growth due to young age and relatively high fertility rate and as a result Muslims are projected to rise to 30 percent (2050) of the world’s population from 23 percent (2010).

Another study said, over the next four decades, Christians will remain the largest religious group, but Islam will grow faster than any other major religion. If current trends continue, by 2050 – the number of Muslims will nearly equal the number of Christians around the world.

While the number of Hindus globally is expected to grow to nearly 1.4 billion by 2050, Muslims are projected to grow even faster and become the largest religious group in Asia by mid-century. The Muslim population in Asia and the Pacific is expected to increase by almost 50 percent to nearly 1.5 billion in 2050.

Now a number of academics and researchers are trying to find a way of stopping Islam from emerging into the leading and fastest growing religion in the world. They also are trying to find a way of boosting the increase in Christian, Hindu and Buddhist – but my question is – can they now cope with the explosive rise in Muslim population?


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