World population reaches landmark 7 billion this week . Should this be our chief concern? Women have already defused the population bomb. Education and urbanization have lowered fertility rates to 2.5 children/woman and that number continues to fall. Aging, not population growth will be the major demographic boom of the 21st century. Rising consumption, not so much the rising head count, is the largest threat to our environment. It comes from countries where population is already under control and shrinking.
It’s time to defuse the consumption bomb that is threatening to consume our overburdened planet.