Overpopulation is Rich People’s Way of Shifting Blame to the Poor

The actual problem behind the climate and resource crisis is different

Pranshu "Maverick" Dwivedi
6 min readDec 20, 2022
Source: United Nations Statistics Division

I recently read an article about an American complaining about the number of friends and acquaintances of hers that were thinking of having large families.

Four kids, six kids, and the want for more — the term called pronatalism was the problem being discussed.

Sure, it is a problem — anyone with a very basic understanding of the world would find it quite easy to understand that more people will need more resources to satisfy their needs.

So, if the world’s resources arent’ growing, a growing population will increase the stress on the limited resources.

Correct.

Yet, grossly incomplete.

Overpopulation is an eyewash because the real problem actually has a solution

Picture from author’s bathroom

What if I told you that the actual solution to the climate, environmental, and resource crisis that the world is going through is in the above picture?

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Pranshu "Maverick" Dwivedi

Stay-at-home-dad who "retired" from a 12-year career in finance at the age of 35. Curious thinker with an opinion on nearly everything and is here to share it.