I invite you to read my Population & Sustainability essay in PDF format.
I hope you will find it interesting. Feel free to leave comments below. Thank you.
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While writing it, I have learnt that I need to choose a more precise subject for my learning journal entries. Such a LARGE subject as “Population and sustainability” required more than 30 hours work, and nearly a month to complete, while it is only a tiny part of my studies.
I had to revise my statistics. I enjoyed playing with the abundant data on the UN site and creating meaningful graphs. I had not been manipulating large numbers for a long time and it does stretch the mind !
I was keen to dig in depth of the subject and not only collate information but also to find connections and critically analyse what I read, to create an innovative interpretation on the subject.
In fact, the subject was disturbing to me because I did not quite comprehend it. It was like a needle in my political point of views. I was amazed at my findings and even surprised I could actually conclude that the population issue is an opportunity!
When writing, the trickiest was to find appropriate words to name “rich” countries and “poor” countries. Helena Nobert-Hodge uses North and South but this does not apply well from a New Zealand perspective. Developed/developing is so biaised and wrong, I don’t like it but I did use it. Third World does not apply now that the bi-polar USA/USSR situation has disappeared. “Industrialised” does not mean rich… Over-consuming / surviving ? Nah! Capitalist or Occidental world or G10 perhaps / then what are the other countries? Well there is not really such a divide but a whole range, so I have tried to name the countries, rather than making generalities.
Thank you, Alexis, for pre-reading and questioning as well as looking after the family while I study.