The World's Population Situation

The section on "World Population," July 8, is very interesting. But, I find it disturbing that our political leaders seem to be listening to economists rather than ecologists. I don't think President Bush (or Bill Clinton) has given a speech recently without emphasizing and advocating growth as a solution to our problems.

It seems our economic system has encouraged us to adopt a mentality that simply says "more is better." We seem unwilling to admit that the world's resources are finite or that we are diminishing our ability to support our increasing population. It's time to consider a modified capitalistic system, one that emphasizes sustainability rather than growth. As long as our culture holds growth as one of its primary tenets, there is no hope that future generations will have a chance of improving their quality of

life. Walter Czech, Denver

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