"The world is overpopulated" is the biggest horseshit ever. Not everyone is an equal contributor to climate change. In fact, most people on the planet contribute... wait for it... relatively speaking, hardly anything. A few specific people are responsible for the vast bulk of it. I don't care about "there's a market for it," no. Shut up. If tomorrow there were no choice but to live strictly with renewable energy, people would adapt. They accept these things because that's what's available.
To the extent that consumption is framed as a choice, the consumer is handed, with their false choice, as much liability as can be pitched to them. The more they see one another as culpable, the more it becomes framed as driven by some sort of consumer culture, the more these people can get away with it. Malthusian ideas of "overpopulation" are oversimplified to the point of absurdity, and then treated as gospel by anti-civ types who think they're doing the Earth a solid by shaming parents.
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