Not on verge of extinction

Re. Blaine Fode's letter Why are birth rates down? (Castanet, Dec. 2)

Expressing concern for the drop in birth rates, a letter writer asked "Why hasn't the government addressed this alarming situation?

I don't know the answer to that question but I'd like to suggest that the world is in a state approaching anarchy.

As if wars were not enough, people worry about viruses, climate change and for many, where to find shelter and food.

This morning's news on the radio was that hundreds of thousands of species would soon be extinct. Is this a world into which to welcome an infant?

While pondering the writer's question, my thoughts drifted to the expression: "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell."

As I did not know the origin of the expression, I asked Google. The name Edward Abbey popped up. He was an American environmentalist, activist and author of several books which I intend to read. Have a look in Wikipedia for a summary of Edward Abbey's life.

A drop in the birth rate does not alarm me. We humans are eight-billion strong, hardly on the verge of extinction.

Helen Schiele, Kelowna

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