According to a UN report presented on July 22, the global population will swell to over 11 billion by the end of the century. It is high time we stemmed population growth, argues the Finnish daily Kaleva on July 31:
There is simply not enough food for everyone, which means that large swaths of the global population will live in poverty…. Even more people will suffer from a shortage of space and clean water. If life and living on earth is going to be bearable in any way for the generations to come we must get a grip on population growth….
Developments in industrial countries show that it is possible to put the brakes on without resorting to the sort of measures practiced in China. More effective birth control means information about contraception and better access to contraception as well as educating women and improving the right to self-determination.