The blatant anti-humanism of environmentalism has reared its ugly head in Switzerland. A ballot initiative nick named Ecopop will be voted on today and, fortunately, it looks like it will be resoundingly defeated. According to Agency Press of France (aka AFP), polls indicate that Ecopop is polling 56 percent in the negative.
Official statistics place foreigners as one quarter of Switzerland’s eight million residents. Ecopop seeks to cap migration growth at 16,000 people a year which the group backing the proposal state it would put Switzerland on track to accept almost 9 million people by mid-century. The referendum would also subsidize family planning programs requiring 10 percent of the Swiss government’s budget to pay for them abroad.
Ecopop supporters mainly complain of overcrowding and correctly point out that populist initiatives can pass despite poll numbers indicating defeat. Last February Swiss voters approved a ballot question demanding the EU enact immigration quotas in which the results nearly jeopardized Switzerland’s standing in the bureaucracy. The claim that certain segments of population (in this case immigrants) or population growth overall is bad for the environment is still made by environmentalists despite it having been thoroughly debunked.
Despite Ecopop going down to defeat, it will not stop eco-wackos and their restrictionist allies from continuing to seek curbs on immigrants and population. There are people who are reckless about having children but it is an exception not the rule. The overall remark itself is grounded in the Malthusian idea that people are pollution and it is a bald faced lie. In this case it is to blame immigrants and immigration for consequences resulting from government policies. There is poverty and starvation in developing countries because of government restrictions on food and economic production not population growth.
I understand the flip side since with population growth comes changes in scenery and in demographics which means changes in culture. However, those nice, quaint places you like to go visit will soon be visited and seen by others and that can be a large incentive for people to move there. Especially when it comes to places with warmer climates. Population growth is not an indication of recklessness with child births nor an indication that resources are limited. The debunking of the peak oil myth and famines resulting from restricting genetically modified foods are the best examples the myth that people are bad for the environment. People are resource producers and not just resource users.