The Ecological Citizen

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Immigration and population: The interlinked ecological crisis that dares not speak its name

Colin Hines

The Ecological Citizen Vol 2 No 1 2018: 51–5

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First published: 1 July 2018  |  Permanent URL  |  Download citation in RIS format


Environmentalists drew global attention to the need for population control in the 1960s and 1970s, but most green groups have studiously ignored this politically charged topic. The intimately linked subject of immigration is likewise seen as taboo. However, the author argues, unless a reduction in immigration becomes a priority for the environmental movement – and is placed within the framework of a progressive protectionism (a concept explored in the article) – then political support can only grow for those who brought us Brexit, the election of Donald Trump and the rise of the far right across Europe.



Overpopulation, Sixth mass extinction, Sustainability