Elon Musk addresses overpopulation ‘myth’ and climate alarmism

Elon Musk, in a series of tweets on Monday, reflected on the future of humanity and also advocated interstellar travel, saying humans are the “stewards of life”. In several tweets posted over the past two days, the Tesla CEO also spoke about his likes and dislikes about environmentalists.

Towards the end of May, Musk tweeted about how population collapse is the ultimate threat to humanity and also pointed out that there aren’t too many people on earth as claimed. environmentalists, citing the population boom as one of the main causes of climate change.

He also expressed concern over Japan as its government once again confirmed that the country’s birth rate fell 3.5% from a year earlier to 811,604, hitting the highest level ever. lowest ever recorded.

“Earth could support many times its current human population and the ecosystem would be fine. We certainly don’t have ‘too crowded,'” Musk said.

Musk’s thoughts are similar to a school of thought that says the population will decline because birth rates will drop in many countries as education, incomes and better health care become available to more women.

The population boom also came decades after the Industrial Revolution, as better medical facilities and hygienic lifestyles meant fewer deaths among infants and children, especially between the 1850s and 1960s, when the population massively swelled. developed.

Western countries and some developed countries in Asia – mainly South Korea and Japan – around the start of the 21st century began to report lower birth rates. Japan’s low birth rate has sparked fears – and also shed light – on the effect of falling birth rates and raised questions about overcrowding fears.

A Munich-based YouTube channel and animation studio, Kurzgesagt, explains in one of their videos that population growth is a four-stage demographic transition process where, in the final stage, people born in the 70 have far fewer children (2.5 compared to 5) than their previous generation.

They also point out that these claims often neglect the countries of the South which, due to development in terms of education, health and education of women, are already in the fourth stage of the demographic transition, thus choosing to have less or no children.

It also challenges claims made by environmentalists who feared that impoverished communities in the Global South would invade the world by aiding the population explosion.

“I realized what I have in common with environmentalists, but also why they are so wrong: they are environmentalists of what is, when they should be environmentalists of our potential over time, our cosmic endowment,” Musk said in another tweet, quoting a friend.

Elon’s thoughts are also similar to those of environmentalist Michael Shellenberger who argues that climate alarmism hurts everyone. The author of the book Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us Allasserts that environmentalism itself has become the problem of the movement.

He also says that by blocking the development of new technologies and failing to address poverty, environmentalists will only exacerbate the crisis humans claim to face from climate change.

(with contributions from Nikkei Asia, Los Angeles Review Of Books and Kurzgesagt)

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