Earth Day: UK Population grows at an Alarming Rate
Is Britain is getting full?
Should we take responsibility for ourselves or 'leave it to the Government to sort out'? Too many people do not consider the planet before having kids and in the UK, the population is growing, not to mention in the world.
Trains are full, the countryside is being destroyed with building large homes, there are less jobs, lack of maternity wards and traffic is at a standstill; the M25 is known here as a 'car park'. There is pressure on schools. Some people with 4 children may want all their kids to attend the same school.
Should we limit the number of kids to 2 only or one or none? I personally, think the maximum should at least be 2 but having none is or one is perfectly acceptable. In the old days, they had lots of children, many used to die more than they do now.
Women's magazines and local newspapers constantly have articles about women having babies and overpopulation, and concern for the environment, is never mentioned, it feels that it is a controversial subject. In soap operas, teenagers are having kids all the time.
People who have lots of children are 'encouraged with free housing and benefits'. A lot of people are unhappy with the barrage of 'make more babies' because they 'are cute' in the media and there are few articles on sterilisation or even limiting the number of babies.
The Optimum Trust, the UK's 'population thinktank' states that:
"In the UK, population is projected to continue rising - from 61 million (mid-2008), to pass 70 million in 2029 and reach 77 million in 2050. That's more than another two Londons."
The Trust also asks members if they can sign a 'pledge' saying that they will only have up to 2 children, although some members choose to be childfree.
Pregnant women in the UK are being turned away at Maternity Wards because they are full and are under staffed:
Data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act suggests hospitals had to close their doors to 747 women because their units were too full or were short staffed.
Overall, 129 of the 148 NHS trusts that provide maternity services gave data, of which 44 per cent (57 trusts) had closed their unit or diverted women to other units at least once in 2009.
Fourteen trusts (11 per cent) closed their maternity unit more than ten times while the average was five closures per trust across the country. These figures are unchanged from 2008, when there were also five closures per trust on average.
According to the latest figures, almost half of the cases of women being sent elsewhere were in Greater Manchester, where four maternity units are facing cuts.
The Tories said this called into question why already overstretched services were being closed, adding that women often had to travel up to 100 miles to other units to give birth.
A recent BBC 'pre-election' programme, 'Panorama,' blamed overpopulation mostly on 'immigration'. This programme can be seen on iplayer:
There is now a GINK movement - 'Green Incentives No Kids' for people who are concerned about the environnental consequences of overpopulation and choose to take their own responsibility, by not having any kids at all, as in an editor from Grist, a US environmental magazine.