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  1. I collect bills from other countries. I think it's a very interesting way to kind of capture the essence or at least a small part of a country's culture.

    Hey that's a nice idea. I think I'll try that. I have a friend who collects sand from every part of the world he has been to.

    I kinda want to have a movie collection, but I don't have the money for it.

  2. We have had our disagreements to the answer to this question before Simon, but perhaps we're not that far from each other. I would say that the biggest problem is overconsumption. Wasteful nature is dangerous and it is something we must always be mindful of. But that does not mean that I think overpopulation isn't a problem, I think it's almost as big a problem as overconsumption. You could even view it as a certain type of overconsumption. There's a parallel between using more resources than what is sustainable, and having more people than the resources that we have can sustain. I believe we face both problems. There is some truth in the following from the second article:

    Even if we were to get a zero population growth around the world it wouldn’t help us against the climate crisis.

    I think it would help us, even a lot, but not enough on it's own. But let's imagine the opposite case:

    "All consumption is spread equally to all people on the planet; no one consumes more than anyone else."

    The carbon emission, the waste, the other types of pollution and so forth would still continue, simply because in the above statement, the population hasn't stopped growing. Even if we add that the consumption growth is zero, the ecological footprint is already too great. And I can't for the life of me see how we can keep the consumption growth at zero, when the population still grows and grows. You might say that if the population grows no further, then it is the consumption rate that we should focus on. I can agree with that. But first the population has to stop growing. As it is now, we have to deal with both issues. We just can't blame it all on overconsumption. My reply to the thread can be summed up as this:

    Overpopulation is not the biggest problem compared to overconsumption, but it is almost as big.

    From a legislative or liberal point of view it is also much harder to tell people to have less kids, than to tell them to waste less. It's such a personal issue, and most people will say that it's no one else's business whether they have 2 children or 10. Especially not if they live in a rich country and don't see starvation all around them. I would hate to see something like the one-child policy in China become the norm in the rest of the world, and that's why I always urge people not to take lightly the problem of overpopulation. It might not be a problem now, but whether or not it will become a problem for our children or grandchildren will depend on how we address the problem now.

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