One test of President Obama's wisdom consists in a measure of the extent to which he recognizes that preventive measures often can trump curative measures, and not just in programs to prevent the most common devastating human diseases, which conceivably cost less than treating after the fact.
Questions that might arise in substantially reduce the rate of human population growth:
- Given the amount of Earth's sustainable/renewable resources, and other related factors, what can we conclude about an optimal population cap for Earth?
- Have we already exceeded that cap?
- If so, how can we redress the situation?
- If not, how can we ensure we do not exceed that cap?
For the most part, prevention of human disease requires human lifestyle changes, and an infrastructure that supports, not thwarts, its achievement. Prevention of human disease and disease of the Earth may require a similar approach.