Mother of 19 Michelle Duggar was asked in an interview if she was concerned about overpopulation and her family’s impact on the environment. She then attempted to explain that there was no such thing as overpopulation since everyone in the whole world can fit in Jacksonville, Florida. She really said this.
“The idea of overpopulation is not accurate because, really, the entire population of the world, if they were stood shoulder to shoulder, could fit in the city limits of Jacksonville.”
Technically that could be accurate that everyone could fit in Jacksonville, notwithstanding all the trampling and deaths that would occur if you attempted to shove the entire world together, which would help address overpopulation anyway. There’s no way I could figure out this math on my own, but I found this wiki answer that explains that if you fit three people per square meter you could stick all the people in the world in a space of 2,280 square kilometers [adjusted for current population, which may be underestimated], or 880 square miles. Jacksonville is 874.3 miles, so maybe with some additional trampling you could shove the whole world up in there. So there you go, overpopulation doesn’t exist!
It’s a weak argument against overpopulation of course, as it doesn’t even account for how much space a person needs to live or the fact that the world’s resources are finite, but that’s Michelle Duggar’s message. She’s got her reasoning and she’s sticking to it.
Michelle then went on to say that her family buys things used that people discard, which is actually a nice message so I have to give her credit for that. She also quoted Mother Teresa as saying “to say that there are too many children is to say that there are too many flowers.” Michelle explained that they teach their children to be helpers and give back to the world, which also sounded great to me. It’s true that her children are very kind, giving people. Two of her boys are trained in CPR and actually helped save a little girls life!
At the end of the video, Michelle claims that there are countries where the death rates outnumber the birth rates, and that’s also why overpopulation is a myth.
“We’ve had other countries coming to our doorstep asking us to let people know that they need to have more children, because they are seeing that their death rates are outnumbering their birth rates, and they’re in crisis. They don’t have people of marrying age for their youth now…. So I think we are so deceived when we believe [in overpopulation]. It’s not true, it’s a lie.”
Michelle also believes that the earth is only 6,000 years old, and that’s what she and Jim-Bob teach their kids.
Story and quotes thanks to Evil Beet