Recently I watched â€œTwin sistersâ€, a fantastic documentary about two identical twins from a Chinese orphanage who were adopted by two different families, one living in Sacramento, California, USA, the other in a small place called Fresvik in a Norwegian fjord. http://www.idfa.nl/industry/tags/project.aspx?ID=4efd1efc-7efa-4899-a544-8a7f47579655
In addition to the beautiful story of how the two girls and their respective families got into contact with each others and established close friendships, this documentary also displays the differences between the two societies the girls come to; the Californian city Sacramento with all its facilities and the tiny village Fresvik with only about 270 inhabitants. Despite the many options, the girl in Sacramento however canâ€™t go anywhere without being brought by her parents, while her sister in Fresvik has complete freedom when it comes to moving around.
There are of course different opinions about this, but I guess that the majority sees a small place better for a child to grow up than a big city. Even though we grownups may thrive in the city, it is not the best place for children. A place with a lot of people has, especially for kids, an inferior quality of life.
SkellefteÃ¥, the municipality where I am living, has the goal of having 80000 inhabitants by year 2030. http://skelleftea2030.se/om-skelleftea-2030/mal-och-vision/ Thereby the population growth of SkellefteÃ¥ will follow the general growth of the Swedish population. A limited increase in the population of SkellefteÃ¥ will of cause not lead to any major problems, but nevertheless I question this goal. Rather than having a goal related to quantity, the goal of every municipality should be related to quality, that is the quality of life of its population, whether this is stable, increasing or decreasing.
The population of the world is already big enough and the best were if it decreased rather than continue to increase. In fact it should be a global aim to achieve stagnating or decreasing populations. Of course a consequence will be an increasing proportion of retirees, but this problem is insignificant compared with stresses on the earthâ€™s resources caused by overpopulation.