PROPOSAL: Population Plank
SPONSOR: GPUS Platform Committee
There are good planks on contraception, women’s health, and family planning under the Social Justice Section of the GPUS Platform. There is, however, a glaring lack on the issue of population under the Ecological Sustainability Section. As Greens, our Key Value of Ecological Wisdom compels us to address this issue in a more comprehensive manner. This proposal attempts to bring the ecological aspects of this extremely important issue into some prominence in our platform. Therefore, we propose adding the following subsection as indicated below:
III ECOLOGICAL SUSTAINABILITY
N. Population Pressures and Resource Depletion
Human overpopulation aggravates the problems of global warming, environmental pollution, habitat loss, the sixth mass extinction, intensive farming practices and the consumption of finite natural resources, such as fresh water and arable land. Human overpopulation is a major driving force behind the loss of ecosystems, such as rainforests, temperate woodlands, coral reefs, wetlands and Arctic ice.
The Green Party advocates a comprehensive program to address the problem of overpopulation. In addition to the planks listed in Chapter II: Social Justice I Population, we commit to the following:
- Integrate lessons on population, environment, and development into school curricula at multiple levels, including such important population concepts as “carrying capacity,” “the Netherlands Fallacy,” and “the I=PAT Equation.”
- Convince leaders to commit to stabilizing population growth through the exercise of human rights in accordance with the Iroquois Confederacy’s Seventh Generation principle which considers how decisions will impact people seven generations into the future.
- Promote more respect for each individual human life and reject as inhumane and counter-productive ideas such as “lifeboat ethics” and “eugenics” and criminal practices such as involuntary sterilization.
- Oppose development programs that push people off the land and destroy the equilibrium of self-sufficient subsistence cultures in order to force them into a cash economy.
- Create bio-regional maps that develop a “sense of place” and reconnect people to their land.
- Support efforts at “rewilding,” habitat restoration, and protecting biodiversity from the impacts of our unprecedented numbers.