For the first time in history the 21st century will see more older than younger people alive. Is underpopulation our future doom?
The overpopulation alarm has been ringing since the Industrial Revolution with more and more people over-consuming natural resources and building pollution-spewing machinery.
In 1798 Thomas Malthus wrote about the exploding population growth rate and how it will lead his generation to a certain doom. In his time, the world held about one billion people.
What is the ideal number of humans for planet earth? A smaller percentage of young people in the future may struggle to support a huge number of old people. Yet less people on the planet would be better for fixing the ills of climate change.
Both arguments carry valid points. But in our social-media driven world, the extremes get the attention. Moderation is boring. So the fight will go on.