by Ross Walker

In my opinion, all major crises on this planet are linked to one key issue – whether you consider pollution, terrorism, conflicts between nations and communities, unemployment, government’s inability to offer and maintain basic services such as health, education, transport and all other infrastructure – in my view, it all comes down to the central fact that there are far too many people on the planet.
Dan Brown’s latest novel, “Inferno”, addresses this issue and, of course, it is a novel, but I believe we need to start the important discussion regarding overpopulation.  Some commentators and experts in the area believe that if we are to sustain the necessary resources to maintain life on this planet indefinitely, we need to keep the human population at four billion or below.  When I checked recently, the current population was 7,247,780,000 people and rising rapidly. 

Clearly, the growing world population is at a crisis level and some World bodies such as the United Nations, needs to debate this issue, or in my opinion, the human species will probably be extinct within the next one hundred to two hundred years, if that.
Thus, I was delighted to hear Bill Gates has partnered with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston to develop a contraceptive microchip which lasts for sixteen years.  This small microchip can be inserted beneath the skin in the buttocks, abdomen or upper arm and can be switched off remotely if the woman wishes to conceive.  It should be available for general use in 2018 and the Gates Foundation is trying to establish worldwide services in vaccination, contraception and improving the nutrition and accommodation for many people in the third world. 

As I have stated, if we do not start looking at the major issue of overpopulation, I do not have great hope for the long term future of the human species.  As Albert Einstein once said “we cannot solve our current problems with the same thinking we used to create them”.