Population growth is becoming an ever-increasing factor in the way that cities plan and seek funding for education, housing, conservation of natural resources, land management and infrastructure. Some would argue that it is the single most important issue that shapes our future. Others accept uncontrolled growth as a sort of predestined fact of life that is out of our control as a species.

It is something to be dealt with by making adjustments to how we live our lives. For example, the shortage of livable space in urban areas can be addressed by growing upward instead of sprawling out. However, little, if any, thought is given to making attempts to control growth into the future.

At one time, zero population growth was a concept that was bandied about in academic forums and popular magazines. The idea that couples could control population growth by having two or fewer children was food for thought. Adoption was seen as a choice that a person could make regardless of ability to procreate. It was offered as a socially conscientious choice to make while fulfilling familial urges and needs.

The United States is not communist China. No one is going to tell families that they must limit their number of births. However, zero population growth is an interesting choice that individuals can make to help shape the future of those generations yet to come.

Brent Larsen, Millcreek