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Overpopulation: Elon Musk is not wrong

Elon Musk always provokes a strong reaction when he suggests that the population “have more children” in order to avoid the destruction of civilization due to a demographic decline. His words seem almost nonsense in the context of the fact that global overpopulation is constantly presented as an extreme danger. How to find your way, faced with diametrically opposed positions?

To form your own opinion, you must check the facts yourself. At a time when “fake news” is spreading, we must be especially careful! So let’s do some basic math.

Density

There are 8 billion people on the planet. The area of ​​Quebec is 1.7 million km2. Thus, we could move the entire population of the world to the territory of Quebec and get a population density of 4706 inhabitants / km2. For comparison, the city of Montreal has a population density of 4,827 inhabitants/km2. Do these numbers seem incredible? However, they are eloquent. Eight billion people could live together in the provinces and feel more comfortable there than Montrealers in their city. And note that density takes into account the road network, shops, businesses, schools, hospitals, parks, etc.

And if we want to save some people from the harsh northern winters, we could concentrate the world’s population in the southern half of Quebec and still have a density more than twice that of Paris with its 20,745 inhabitants/km2.

Thus, Musk is right: the planet seems completely deserted. How, then, to believe in the inability of the latter to satisfy the needs of all its inhabitants?

Poverty

On the other hand, certain political regimes and economic systems impede development and hinder the optimal use of our resources. They are the ones who create poverty. The charge of overcrowding is a misdiagnosis. Thus, inciting hatred against the human race and reducing the birth rate will be fruitless!

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