The elephant in the room seems to be overpopulation. Our fight against the microbe has been so successful in recent decades that there may just be too many of us.

Some scientists and pundits are claiming we need (!) a virus to correct our population back to sustainable levels. Whether we “need” a corrective plague or not, we might get one anyway.

But starting in on this topic leads to heated and sticky debates about who lives and who dies. I notice almost all NGOs – whether planet-focused, animal-focused, or people-focused – tend to shy away from this conversation publicly.

But I continue to come back to this question, doesn’t it fix everything* if there are less of us demanding resources from the earth and each other?

* peak oil (peak everything, actually), climate change, food shortages, unnecessary plant/animal extinction, water wars…