Don’t believe Harry and Meghan’s nonsense - depopulation is the ...

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Don’t believe Harry and Meghan’s nonsense - depopulation is the real threat

There is an idea that we're being squeezed out by our own species, but the truth is somewhat more counter-intuitive

Daniel Hannan

The timing was unfortunate. The day after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex let it be known that, for environmental reasons, they would have no more than two children, the Office for National Statistics revealed that the birth rate in England and Wales had plummeted by 10% since 2010.

To remain the same size a population needs 2.1 live births per woman. In England and Wales, that number has fallen to 1.7, down from 1.8 the previous year.

There is a perception lag when it comes to human population. Most people believe that the world is being choked by the viral spread of our species. Green politicians openly tell us that having children is a selfish act. You can spend an entire lifetime, they say, avoiding flights and car journeys, meticulously reusing and recycling, growing your own vegetables; but have one kid and all that conscientious behaviour is wiped out...

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