Egypt is the Arab world’s most populous country, with 96 million inhabitants, which is expected to reach 119 million in 2030. Egypt is mostly uninhabitable desert, so people are concentrated near the Nile. Many Egyptians view children as caretakers for their parents in old age. Poor families view children as sources of income. The standard of living is declining, and the government is promoting the slogan “two is enough.”
The UN estimates that almost half of the world’s population lives in countries with below replacement fertility rates. The main clusters of low fertility generally are found in advanced and industrialized regions. The big story here is that all the hand-wringing over an overcrowded future planet is scientifically unfounded. If the current trend continues, it is even possible that mankind soon will be worried about population shrinkage and underproduction.
NBC News Think, published an essay by bioethicist, Travis Rieder who alleges that having children is bad for the environment and morally suspect. Why? Because it supposedly causes global warming and puts unsustainable demands on global resources. [Once again, mainstream is seen promoting the collectivist agenda.]