Will Cryonics Cause A Population Explosion?

What is overpopulation?

But what exactly is overpopulation? We say that we are too many. But too many for what? Imagine a restaurant with 10 seats. If the restaurant had 20 customers, it would be too many people for it’s capacity. But if it had 50 seats instead, the same amount of people would be fine.

And what is overconsumption?

Overconsumption is a situation where the use of resources has outpaced the sustainable capacity of the ecosystem. To produce, transport and eventually discard these things we need a lot of resources. And, at the moment, we are not able to achieve this using only sustainable methods.

Figures about overpopulation and overconsumption

Overpopulation and overconsumption are connected to each other. But to understand better how, we should ask ourselves some questions. For example: “Are all countries experiencing this rapid population growth?”. “Are the most populated countries also the most consuming?”. And finally: “Are we trying to do anything about it?”

Difference between developed and developing countries

If we localize population growth, we can see that 97% of it involves developing countries. This means that for every baby born in a developed country, there are 32 born in a developing country.

It will not grow forever

That being said, we expect the population growth rate to slow down in the future. The birth rate will decrease in both developing and developed countries. In addition, one of the largest generational groups, the Baby Boomers (born during the post World Word II) is now aging. Therefore the annual number of deaths is expected to increase in the next decades. Towards the end of the century, the total number of deaths and births will be similar. And the population growth will stop.

What are we doing about it?

By reducing our consumption of resources worldwide and using technologies that can optimize our ecosystem’s capacity, we could reach a point where overpopulation will not be a problem anymore.

Population growth and cryopreservation

Now, how does Cryonics influence all of this?

Towards a better future

Finally, there is an important thing to say about people who decide to be cryopreserved. These people think a better future is possible. And they want to see what it looks like. They are optimistic that medical technology will progress and treat illnesses. And that we will find solutions for the climate and social issues affecting our times. They think the future will be such an interesting place to live in, that it is worth investing in an experimental technology, such as cryopreservation.

Conclusion

All around the world, people and organizations are working on creating a better and sustainable future. Tomorrow Biostasis is part of this movement. Cryonics, and the possibility to live a “second life”, could make people think more long-term. Here and now will not be the only focus anymore.

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