Reducing effects of overpopulation on resources and climate change by major reduction in the height of people (Part #1)
Earlier versions distributed under the titles:
Reducing Global Effects of Overpopulation by Reducing the Average Size of Members of the Population
Shorter People: Reducing effects of overpopulation on resources and climate change
by major reduction in the height of people
This is a preliminary exploration of the merits of reducing the average size (body mass) of the population -- thereby reducing the human biomass -- as a means of reducing the effects of overpopulation (notably on climate change). It follows from an earlier exploration that argued for a radical response to human settlement-related issues through thinking "voluminously" rather than "laterally" (From Lateral Thinking to Voluminous Thinking: unexplored options for subterranean habitats in dense urban areas, 2007). The purpose is to reframe the question asked by Ross McCluney (How Many People Should the Earth Support? 1999) in a manner that has not seemingly been previously considered.
It is assumed that many major problems of current global strategic concern would be significantly reduced if the global population itself was reduced. Such problems include: energy resources, food resources, water resources, global warming, non-renewable material resources, immigration pressures, etc. The challenge has been characterized by Warren M. Hern (Why Are There So Many of Us? Description and Diagnosis of a Planetary Ecopathological Process. Population and Environment, 12, 1, Fall 1990) in the following terms:
The human species is a rapacious, predatory, omniecophagic species engaged in a global pattern of converting all available plant, animal, organic, and inorganic matter into either human biomass or into adaptive adjuncts of human biomass. This is an epiecopathological process that is both immediately and ultimately ecocidal.
All the above-mentioned problems call for imaginative solutions if humanity's response to them is to be capable of reducing their ever increasing impact.ns if humanity's response to them is to be capable of reducing their ever increasing impact.