Against the Grain

Is Overpopulation the Culprit?

Too few resources, too many people. That’s the received wisdom in most of the environmental movement, mainstream or radical. But can that assumption withstand close scrutiny? Not according to population scholar Betsy Hartmann, who interrogates whether overpopulation is a main — or the main — cause of our ecological woes. She also discusses the far Right’s courting of liberal environmentalism.

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