Tesla CEO Elon Musk expressed fear that a population collapse on Earth will affect flights to planet Mars.
Planet Mars needs you to have more babies! And forget all the talk about overpopulation! That’s basically what Tesla CEO Elon Musk said. And it’s planet Mars that he’s really thinking about. On Twitter, Elon Musk expressed his fears about the global trends of declining birth rates and declining population on Earth in a series of tweets. “We should be much more concerned about population collapse,” he said in the tweet. Musk’s tweet comes after growing trends of people deciding not to have children are widely reported. The change in people’s mentality of not having children is largely attributed to inequalities, financial costs of having a child, global political instability, pandemic and climate change. Musk pointed to these trends, saying, “If there aren’t enough humans for Earth, there certainly won’t be enough for Mars.” The billionaire CEO has spoken several times in the past about his dream of wanting to build a multi-planetary civilization. With these reports rolling in, Musk fears his dreams may never come true as we may be headed for a population collapse.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk: Shattered Mars dream?
In a series of tweets, Elon Musk mentioned the 2019 UN projections that estimate the world’s population will increase by 2 billion over the next 30 years. UN’s World Population Prospects 2019 reported that the world population would peak at 11 billion by the end of this century. The Tesla CEO strongly disagrees with this projection in his series of tweets about population collapse.
“UN projections are utter nonsense. Multiply last year’s births by life expectancy. Given the downward trend in the birth rate, that’s for the best unless it’s reversed,” his tweet read.
However, Elon Musk’s concerns about population collapse are not without reason. According to the Censor Bureau, the US registered a population growth of just 0.1% in 2021. The Bureau further noted that this marked the first time since 1937 that the U.S. population “grew by less than a million people, the lowest numerical growth rate since at least 1900, when the Census Bureau began providing annual population estimates.”
Musk further gave the example of Japan to emphasize his point. Responding to a tweet, he said: “Last year Japan had ~800,000 births and life expectancy is 85 years (impressively high!), implying a future population of only 68 million, almost half the current population of 126 million. . That’s a lot of ghost towns and cities.”
However, it should be noted that the trend of lower birth rates is very region specific. While the first world countries have witnessed this trend, the same is not true of the third world countries, where the birth rate continues to rise.