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The table shows the CO2-emission per capita per country for selected countries. Using the population of the country, the total CO2 emission per country is calculated. The last column shows the % of the country on the yearly CO2 emission.

For a list of all countries, please visit

The current debate in Germany with the youth movement Fridays for Future demanding end coal subsidies and 100% renewable energy as two of many demands.

I’m all for that, we need to live a sustainable life, but even if Germany is achieving these goals, it is just a small puzzle in the total picture.

However, the actual topic, the elephant in the room are two topics nobody is talking about:

Topic I: Overpopulation

Topic II: Consumption

With half of the current world population and half of the current consumption, the CO2 emissions would drop substantially. It could be as high as 75% of the current 37 billion tons per year. Or try to maintain the current world population. Because even with the demands, it will not be possible to reduce the CO2 emissions when the world population is growing to a predicted 10 billion in 2100. Furthermore, with big governments following the Keynesian economics theory, consumption based on debt with central banks supporting this with fiat money, money just printed out of thin air with no value will not help in the fight against CO2-emission.

Who says that Germany would not be surviving and driving with 60 million people instead of 84 million? [would be a reduction of 213 Mtons CO2-emissions with current figures]  It did it before. However, there is the issue the Government would lose power and would need to get smaller as well. And nobody wants to lose power. Also, to promote one fewer child families and less consumption does not give you votes.

Two targets are easy to achieve in the fight for the reduction of CO2 emissions.

That is maybe the real issue. It is not about the right thing, and it is about power.



Weltbevölkerung 2018

Total Population – Both Sexes“. World Population Prospects, the 2017 Revision. United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division, Population Estimates and Projections Section. June 2017.

Cover Photo by Johannes Plenio on Unsplash

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