High School Students Are Very Worried About Overpopulation. They Shouldn’t Be.

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Hit and Run Reason

NPGAmerican high school students are very worried about overpopulation, according to Negative Population Growth (NPG). The group bases this claim on the responses to a questionnaire it distributed to hundreds of 9th- to 12th-grade teachers across the nation.

Founded in 1972, during the heyday of overpopulation hysteria, NPG’s goal is “to slow, halt, and eventually reverse U.S. population growth—eventually stabilizing at a size that is sustainable over the long term.” America’s “optimal population,” it adds, is “approximately 150–200 million people (our nation’s size in 1970).” Here are the results of its not-so-scientific survey:

If we stay on track with the present rate of population growth, America will add 90 to 100 million more people (almost 1/3 of the number of people who live here now) by the time you are 40–50 years old. How concerned are you about living in such an overcrowded nation? Very Concerned: 25%, Somewhat concerned:

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