Happy Birthday, 7 Billion!

We welcome the birth of the seven-billionth person this week. What a fantastic achievement, a superb undertaking. The Jeubs couldn’t be happier for the world.

Are we mad? Such a positive view of growing population is madness to some. Claiming a growing population is healthy is akin to claiming pollution is environmentally healthy. They argue: There is only so much wealth/food/resources to go around. Therefore, more people means less to go around. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

Perhaps to a 4-year-old. Seriously. A 4-year-old has an underdeveloped sense of volume and capacity. I can pour a glass of juice into a short, fat cup, and much less into a tall skinny cup. I can even explain to a child that the tall cup has less juice than the shorter cup. Won’t matter. The child will assume the better deal is in the tall, skinny cup. Their brains have yet to develop an understanding of volume, something they will develop later in life.

Unless the UN types get at them. The United Nations is treating the 7 billion mark as a dyer warning sign to increase birth control, abortion, sex education and the like. Their brains are not understanding that the more people on the earth, the better it is for everyone.

Robert Zubrin just published an excellent article online (“Welcome, Child Seven Billion”) laying out the facts that defy the most popular population control alarmists in history. The article is quite interesting, validating the idea that yes, a world of 7 billion is really nothing to be worried about. People should read this article and pass it along, because we’re not getting these facts in the mainstream media.

Even the National Geographic video above has a strange bend to it. Notice the alarm factor of “OMG, 7 billion is a big number!” Though they admit (few alarmists do) that all of 7 billion could fit in a tiny little area. Their conclusion? Environmentalism. Hmmm.

Our conclusion is simpler. The doom-and-gloom alarmists are wrong, and they’ve not yet been called to the carpet by the National Geographic types who still want to hold onto irrational fears that population is a problem.

Have you read our latest book, Love Another Child? You really should. We cover population control along with many other inhibitors to the decision to welcoming another child. We dropped the price of the hardcover to $20 (retail $30.95), and the paperback is only $13.95. Order today.

And to celebrate the 7 billionth person’s birth, here’s an excerpt from the book dealing directly with population control.

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The Earth Is Not Overpopulated

We are amazed at how many still hold onto the outdated notion that the world is overpopulated. The cry from the wilderness has been coming from academia for decades, like Chicken Little crying, “The sky is falling!” According to progressive thought, we’re at the tipping point where the world’s resources are not sustainable for an increasing population. Trouble is, this tipping point has been falsely predicted for the past half-century. In 1968, Paul Ehrlich predicted all sorts of catastrophes in his book The Population Bomb:

  • That famines would cripple the world in the 1970s and 1980s.
  • That natural resources would be depleted from the world’s demanding population.
  • That hundreds of millions of people would starve to death.
  • That food riots would force world governments to take drastic measures to reduce population.
  • That by 1985 ramifications of overpopulation would cause enough death to drop “the earth’s population to some acceptable level, like 1.5 billion people.”

When Ehrlich wrote this, the global population stood at 3.5 billion. As of October 2010, the world’s occupancy rate has doubled, sitting at just one tick below 7 billion. And none of these catastrophes have come close to occurring. What should reasonable and scientifically mature people do with such modern “prophets”? Well, perhaps not what we actually do do with them, because Ehrlich is currently a tenured professor at Stanford, having been showered with honorary degrees and awards. He’s a frequent lecturer at universities around the world, heralded by some as a great environmentalist. Shouldn’t they (and he) be embarrassed? For an analysis of his predictions show them to be utter nonsense. Yet the beating drum of progressives keeps pounding out this message: a rising population is bringing doom to the planet.

He’s wrong. They’re wrong. And sympathy for their assumptions is an even greater wrong. Because granting this premise allows the limiting of children—sometimes through horrific means. The next time someone tries to tell you that the world is overpopulated, push back by saying, “The world needs more people.” When their jaws drop to the ground, take the opportunity to give them a sobering drink of cool logic.

The picture of an overpopulated earth is prejudiced, a picture in the mind that some fearmonger placed there. Watch any news broadcast or documentary on population, and they inevitably show shots of downtown Shanghai or starving masses in Calcutta. The logical leap is tied to these highly emotional pictures. “It is because the world is overpopulated that these people are harmed,” they say. But it’s an illusion. Only the pictures make it look like the claim is true. For once we’d like to see pictures of the vast and beautiful plains of Wyoming when a news anchor announces a spike in world population.

We believe there is a natural break in perspective in just how big the earth really is. The world is vast, bigger than our little minds can truly fathom. We take the opportunity to show this to our children when we go elk hunting. Elk are huge creatures, four times the size of deer. When we harvest a cow or bull, we literally have to start the butchering process in the field to get the animal to our camp. There are half-a-million elk in Colorado, and we Jeubs venture out every year to attempt to fill our freezer with the best (organic) meat a person can eat.

Our imaginations run wild in anticipation of the hunt. We watch movies that show trophy bulls at every forest turn. But these images, like the images of starving children in India, give a false impression. They make us think that the elk are all over the place, that we merely need to set up our lawn chairs and wait for them to walk into our crosshairs. Hunters who think such things are always disappointed. We have often hunted for days at a time without seeing a single elk. And when we do see some, perhaps from a distance, and run to find them, these 800-pound beasts seem to utterly vanish in the vast wilderness. We call elk “ghosts of the forest,” for these huge animals have an uncanny ability to disappear at the drop of a hat.

The lesson is simple: The world is a vast place. It takes a tremendous amount of gullibility to think it small and crowded. A total of 400,000 hunters enter the mountains of Colorado every year, and 80 percent of them go home with nothing. The earth is not a tiny place. If it was as tiny as the population alarmists say, you’d think at least guys with high-powered rifles would be a little more successful. But it just isn’t so. Contrary to what our little minds can fathom, this is not a small world after all. And it has plenty of hiding places for humans and elk alike. To continue thinking otherwise, you’ll need to go live in another world.

It comes as no surprise that population control proponents live in large cities in little apartments close to their work cubicles in skyscrapers. No wonder they feel cramped. Their thinking is ruled by Hollywood horror that appeals to flailing fears. They err to think that human beings—in fact, their very existence—is bringing the earth to a tipping point any day now. And they err even more when they determine that “because” the world must be overpopulated, they must advocate and even legislate population control. They need to go hunting, maybe drive through Nebraska on the way. Perhaps they’d come to realize that the world has a whole lot of elbowroom.

About Chris & Wendy Jeub

The Jeub Family live in Monument, Colorado. They encourage couples to love God and love one another, building an atmosphere of love in their homes.

  • Mary Lou

    Great post.  Maybe that professor will give up his place to make room for #7 billion.  You think?

    • Chris Jeub

      Maybe. Send him an email. If he doesn’t answer, perhaps it is because he took you up on the advice. =)

  • James444

    I might be inclined to believe a *scientist* who has studied the issue and says that overpopulation is a myth. Do you have stats from a legitimate scientist, who works for an impartial agency (not one funded by an interest group)? No offense, but your field is home school debate curriculum, so I question your knowledge base in the area of population. For example, you have not addressed how the problem of clean water would be addressed, if all 7 billion people were crammed into one area (or even if they weren’t).

    Have you ever been to a third world country where clean water is a problem? It is a sobering problem that is not easily solved by a blog post.

    • Chris Jeub

      James, you have a tendency to question the credentials of the claimant rather than the claims. Such naivete results in cultist following, like those population-control advocates who follow false prophets like Ehrlich. If you are one of those who are inclined to listen to him, I suppose that’s your prerogative.

      No, I don’t need to solve for the world’s water problems when unveiling the flaws of the overpopulation myth.

      • CJ

        Yes you do, since all these people need clean water to drink.

        It’s great you and Wendy are “thrilled” about all the new babies being born. Are you thrilled enough to care for any of them? 

    • Anonymous

      I still don’t see the flaws in the ‘myth’… some of the facts above seem simplistic and not well considered.

  • mrscindeed

    While there are obviously overcrowded cities around the world, the world as a whole is huge with room for more.  The overcrowded/undernourished areas exist for reasons other than overpopulation of the planet.

  • CJ

    What makes Mr. Jeub the expert on this subject?

  • GM

    So, are you suggesting that we should loosen US immigration laws to welcome some of those millions from Shanghai and Calcutta to the plains of Wyoming?

    • CJ

      That is a good and Christian idea.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think they would want to come here.  Their economies — especially india’s–are doing much much better than ours.

  • Lily

    If you’re so interested in the children of the world, why haven’t you adopted any of the ones who really need families? Foster adoption is free, after all, and you certainly don’t need any more of your own gene pool. Why don’t you “love another child” who, according to you, is an equal “blessing” on the world instead of making more “blessings” of your own?