Exposed! Overpopulation Myth Busted as Fertility Rates Continue To Plummet – #TrendsDecoded
Overpopulation Myth Busted as Fertility Rates Continue To Plummet - Hi, and welcome to Trends Decoded. This is the series where I highlight important news stories that fit into larger trends that you should be aware of.
Over the past couple of decades, you have probably heard people arguing that the world is overpopulated. Those at the top of the system have constantly been banging on about how the world is overpopulated, including Bill Gates, who is particularly worried about Africa, and who has donated billions of dollars to global population projects.
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