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Bill Gates Asks Fellow Billionaires to Help Reduce World’s Population

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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) have invested several billions of dollars into vaccine initiatives to fight the polio virus.

Bill Gates is encouraging fellow billionaires to do the same.

Gates is concerned about Nigeria and Pakistan because “local conspiracy theories have undermined inoculation drives.”

Gates said: “The truth is the vaccine is to help kids. And spreading rumors and attacking the workers on this – those people don’t have justice and truth on their side. And so we may miss by a year or two if we can’t help out with that. The president, the religious leaders a lot of the supporters of that country are trying to get the truth out.”

In Nigeria and Pakistan the effort has been “intensified” through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).

Gates said: “I think we’ve got the will. We need — on the ground — to get the truth out.”

In an interview with media, Gates explained: “Capitalism did not eradicate smallpox. It just doesn’t know how. Polio eradication is a work in progress, but it’s not being done by markets. So the childhood death reduction, the nutrition improvements, those are overwhelmingly aid-driven.”

When asked about the BMGF efforts to deal with “overpopulation”, Gates replied: “It’s a huge impediment in convincing rich-world donors that they should feel good about these health improvements. Our foundation focused in the 1990s on reproductive health. We weren’t nearly as big then. But we wanted to make contraception available because we thought population growth would make everything so difficult, whether it’s the environment or feeding kids or stability. It was only when we found out about this phenomenal connection between improved health and reduced population growth that we felt: Great, let’s just make the foundation as big as possible to go after these health problems. Because before then the commonsense thing was more kids would make these problems less tractable.”

Gates continued: “I don’t think people like to say out loud that we want to let these kids die because there are too many of them. But by choosing not to get into health in our early days I was a victim of the myth around overpopulation. But there is just phenomenally good news here. The world’s population will peak. Now, we do have huge population growth in places where we don’t want it, like Yemen and Pakistan and parts of Africa, where we don’t have the resources to really help those people. So we need to get serious about figuring out how to make sure there’s relative health and satisfaction in those places.”

The justification for Gates’ focus on reducing the world’s population was invoked in this comment: “We won’t need to answer the question of how much innovation allows us to support 20 or 30 billion people on the planet. It’s possible some miracle like reinventing photosynthesis could do it. We invest in miracles like that. But the amount of innovation it would take to support 20 billion or more is pretty phenomenal and would likely not show up in time. So the fact that the population will peak is great news. We’ve already had the largest birth cohort — the most children born in a year. We’re past the peak on that. We’ll probably only have to support 10 to 11 billion. Now we still need to raise food production and avoid climate change. And when people get richer we have to worry about things like diabetes. So I’m not saying fulfilling the development agenda makes the world all good. But in terms of injustice and equity, doubling down to finish the development agenda should be the top priority.”

12 Comments on "Bill Gates Asks Fellow Billionaires to Help Reduce World’s Population"

  1. J-Gav on Sat, 25th Jan 2014 12:26 am 

    No love lost here on the likes of Bill and Melinda Gates but this article is BS. Vaccines have saved thousands upon thousands of lives – the rest is lit- e- rature.

  2. Kenz300 on Sat, 25th Jan 2014 12:56 am 

    Endless population growth is not sustainable.

    The worlds poorest people are having the most children. They have not figured out the connection between their poverty and family size.

    If you can not provide for yourself you can not provide for a child.

    Access to family planning services needs to be available to all that want it.

  3. action on Sat, 25th Jan 2014 2:17 am 

    He likes to look down from off his cloud from time to time at the little ants and play with them.

  4. FriedrichKling on Sat, 25th Jan 2014 3:38 am 

    Bill and Melinda enjoy flying around the world in their fleet of Russian cargo planes offloading grain to poor people in Africa (what a gross waste of fuel)). Then once they receive all the warm fuzzy feelings they fly back to their 68,000 square foot home. By the way, their foundation provides ZERO support for wildlife conservation organizations working to mitigate the mass extinction crises.

    I have no respect for these phonies.

  5. Makati1 on Sat, 25th Jan 2014 3:52 am 

    But Bill, ALL of you billionaires ARE killing off … I mean … ‘reducing populations’ all over the world. GMO foods, poisoned vaccines (your idea Bill), nuclear plants running wild, spent uranium munitions, poverty, starvation, wars, and on and on.

    How about ALL of you with a net wealth over say, 10 million dollars, just jump off a cliff somewhere high up? After all NONE of you are doing anything constructive with your lives, and you are very destructive to the rest of us.

  6. nwcruiser on Sat, 25th Jan 2014 11:16 am 

    Someone has got to do something or mother nature will and it will not be pretty.

  7. Ted on Sat, 25th Jan 2014 3:27 pm 

    This guy has a heated driveway in Mt! People say the rich this and the rich that they use a ton of natural resources! Rich americans each use about as much energy as 5,000 people from other countries maybe more! I get sick of the Al Gores telling everyone to be careful and watch the earths resources while they a gluttonous pigs! Ted

  8. GregT on Sun, 26th Jan 2014 4:06 am 


    It is long past the point that ‘someone’ can do ‘something’ about. Mother Nature is in control and always has been, and Mother Nature is just beginning to get warmed up. It is the bottom of the ninth, the bases are loaded, and Mother Nature has all of her heavy hitters lined up to bat.

  9. ghung on Sun, 26th Jan 2014 3:13 pm 

    1. What does vaccinating children have to do with controlling population? Maybe I’m missing something.

    2. Marginal reductions in population won’t reduce consumption and waste streams. Without dramatic societal, cultural and economic change, even fewer humans will find ways to improve their standards of living, consuming all economically available resources. Looking at consumption in the US, a country with a relatively lower population density, tells the story. China and India, even if they cut their populations in half, could conceivably consume more than they do now.

    Limits to growth will be the main driver of population and consumption reductions. When overshoot can no longer be leveraged, we’ll see the turn-around.

    Perhaps Gates and others should focus on ways to crash global credit systems if they want to control population (or put sterilization drugs in their vaccines). Their conviction that this thing should (or can) play out painlessly is delusional.

  10. Kenz300 on Sun, 26th Jan 2014 8:10 pm 

    Every problem is made harder to solve with the worlds endless population growth.

    Food crisis, water crisis, declining fish stocks crisis, unemployment crisis, energy crisis, Climate Change crisis……… all made harder to solve as the worlds population continues to grow…………..

    The worlds worse problem is over population.

  11. Makati1 on Mon, 27th Jan 2014 1:04 am 

    ghung, what better way to limit population than to introduce infertility through vaccinations of children? If you doubt it can be done, or is being done, think again. I have read many srticles since Bill’s crusade has begun, all pointing to that conclusion. And, if you think it is only being done in Africa …

  12. ghung on Tue, 28th Jan 2014 12:56 am 

    @Makati1 – For the record, I was being ironical when suggesting that children be chemically sterilized like pets and livestock at the same time Gates, et al are providing vaccinations. Any links to info that this is indeed being done would appreciated.

    My point is, and always has been that an astounding level of consumption is already baked into humanity. Baring some major black swan event, moderate reductions in global population won’t have much effect on consumption for at least a couple of decades. All economically available resources. It’s like climate change; incremental reductions of carbon emissions still means a lot of pain for generations.

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