Overconsumption, not overpopulation, is killing the planet

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Dear Lebo Ramafoko,

Like many other listeners, I felt such glee when I heard your rant on Talk Radio 702 on November 1. I wanted to stand up and cheer. Thank you.

You reacted to a caller who said, basically, that we wouldn’t be short of food and water if people would just breed less. I’ve been fighting comments of this kind for years now. (And I agree with you that there’s an underlying racism, or at the very least, us-and-them-ism, in the comment: at best, it’s the poor who’re breeding too much; at worst, of course, it’s people-who-don’t-originate-from-northern-Europe – the ‘brown people’ in the erstwhile colonies or those teeming hordes of Orientals.)

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