Carrie Epps is PAI’s Fall 2008 Communications Intern.
In addition to Tod’s post from last month, it’s not only world leaders, governmental officials, scientists, and scholars that are talking about population. This Pearls Before Swine comic, printed in more than 400 newspapers worldwide and readily available on the internet, shows a definite mainstreaming of issues related to population. That this comic has appeared during worldwide economic and ecologic uncertainty should be of no surprise. Having “pointed out the obvious,” our elected officials need to be addressing these issues in a more proactive fashion. And they’ve got a lot of explaining to do.
The United States government in particular should explain why it contributes the least to population assistance when it holds a vast majority of the world’s wealth. Also, when women have the right and access to reproductive health services in the United States, why does the government consistently undermine those services for women in the developing world? Because when people start pointing out the obvious, it becomes increasingly obvious that the world can’t wait.