The UK population alone is expected to increase from 61 million to 77 million by 2051 but the OPT believes the UK’s long-term sustainable population level may be lower than 30 million.
“The more couples decide to have just one or two children, or even remain childless, the more they can relieve pressures on rapidly deteriorating ecosystems and alleviate demand for dwindling energy and food resources,” says policy director Rosamund McDougall.
If women in the UK stopped at two children, this would cut the UK’s forecast population by an estimated seven million by 2050, the OPT suggests.
They say on their website:
GETTING THE FACTS RIGHT
The Optimum Population Trust is absolutely opposed to any form of coercion in family planning.
Apart from a few well-meaning vegans, who will select themselves out of the gene pool by not reproducing, is this going to have any real traction in our society? There are major cultural issues relating to the issue of the number of children one chooses to have. Round here, for middle class parents, three is the new two.
At the risk of sounding like an RCP Furedi acolyte, isn’t all this Malthusian nightmare material anti-human?