I’ve been giving some serious thought to the Earth’s overpopulation problem lately. As I try to go anywhere these days, it becomes painfully obvious that there are far too many people on this planet. The Earth has a finite amount of resources and space and as you can see from the chart, population is exploding at an exponential rate.
The current total population has just recently surpassed the 7 billion mark. By 2028 we will reach 8 billion. By 2054 we will reach 9 billion. The price of land has already spiked due to high demand. Food and energy are also reaching historic highs. As demand increases over the next few decades, our ability to produce the required resources will become more and more strained meaning scarcity and ever-escalating prices.
Pollution will also increase. Western countries are doing a pretty good job controlling toxic emissions but take a look at China. The smog in Beijing is thick every day because of emissions from the coal-burning power plants and ever-increasing automotive exhaust. This smog covers a large portion of the country of China. Residents cannot avoid breathing it in.
As technology improves, many jobs are being replaced by machines. Detroit, Michigan is a good example of what lies in our future as a huge portion of the city has been abandoned due to lack of employment. There are not enough jobs for everyone to maintain a basic existence.
The United Nations has a plan called Agenda 21 which is currently an outline for countries to voluntarily follow to control the soaring population. It is a messy subject and can only be addressed secretly. Present plans like Immunization and Genetic Modification of foods and water fluoridation has had some effect but the results are far too slow. Causing cancer and mental deficiencies might be inconclusive enough that blame cannot be placed but it is just not working fast enough to prevent the train wreck that is coming our way. It is also causing an increase in health care costs which is a drain on society.
I have a simple idea I will share in hopes that we might speed up the process.
Releasing a virus like the Bubonic Plague worked well in the past but is indiscriminate about who it affects. It works quickly but is very messy leaving bodies and contagion widely spread. It would also be bad for society as it will affect the financial markets as well as the general moral.
In order to provide for a quality lifestyle for the remaining population, it would be important to remove the extra people while preserving those who are useful. A better way would be to enact a stealthy sterilization plan. While properly formulated immunization at a young age could cause sterilization, it would be far too soon in the life of the subject. We do not, at that point, know whether he or she might become a constructive member of society.
I believe a self-administered sterilization might be a better choice. A simple way to have the population subliminally decide would be to administer the sterilant using beer. Beer would be an excellent way of weeding out the less intelligent subjects. As beer is the drink of the common man, the integrated sterilant will automatically seek out the proper targets while leaving higher functioning citizens untouched.
Auto-sterilization would be a clean way to limit population growth without causing a financial or sociological effect on society. It would take longer than a simple plague virus but after just a few generations, the population of the planet will return to an acceptable level.
If the United Nations or the World Health Organization would like to use my idea, please feel free. I offer it with no strings attached as a betterment to society and the longevity of the planet. I only ask that you implement it quickly as I would like to see some results before I my life is over.