Too many people? Population, immigration and the environmental crisis
Ian Angus and Simon Butler
Haymarket Books, 2011
Available in Australia from Resistance Books
Reviewed by Ed Lewis
In about 20 years as an active supporter of the Australian Greens I’ve regularly encountered people advancing populationist points of view, which all share the starting point that overpopulation is main cause of the global environmental crisis.
Environmentalists are justifiably alarmed about the damage human activity has caused, and is still causing, to our planet, particularly since the industrial revolution that transformed firstly Europe, and then the world, in the 19th century. Too many, however, avoid looking at the role of forms of government and corporate control that developed out of the industrial revolution.