POPULATION POLICY

Policy Statement

It shall be the policy of Sierra Club, Hawai`i Chapter, to support actions that will stabilize the population of Hawai`i in order to avoid exceeding the carrying capacity of the state's limited natural resources.


Supporting Statements/Assumptions

* People are depleting natural resources and destroying ecosystems.

* Destruction of ecosystems and the environment (1) causes suffering and (2) is inimical to the continuation of human and other life on Earth.

* A need exists to cease the destruction of and to begin the rehabilitation of ecosystems and environments.

* The cause of human suffering and the destroyed environment is partially attributable to excessive resource consumption and inequitable distribution of resources.

* A major cause of excessive resource consumption is the increase in human population that has been occurring over the past 200 years.

* A humane and sustainable future depends on stabilizing population and reducing excessive consumption.

* Failure to curb world population growth will magnify the deterioration of Earth's environment and natural resources and will undermine economic progress and social justice.

* Failure to seriously reform social and economic institutions will result in continued population growth.

* All environmental efforts (e.g., conservation, recycling, preserving and restoring ecosystems, and saving species) will be negatively affected by growing populations.

* Overpopulation and excessive consumption are the most critical factors in causing the environmental degradation of Earth.

* The population of Earth already may have exceeded its carrying capacity.


This Population Policy Statement was approved by the Sierra Club Hawai`i Chapter Executive Committee at its quarterly meetings held January 24-26, 1992. The Supporting Statements were approved by the Sierra Club Hawai`i Chapter Executive Committee at its quarterly meetings held October 28-30, 1994.

 

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