No, I think we are agreeing. My point about population growth relates to the downstream effect on these developing counties. While it’s true today that developing countries have a lower carbon footprint per capita, this won’t always be the case. You can see that in many developing countries where their consumption of power is increasing. It’s also true that more people means more food means more meat consumption. That in itself is always a contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.
A few years ago there was a program which looked at the “theoretical limit” of what the earth could sustain with current consumption profiles and increasing population. That figure was around 11-13 Billion people. The world population has doubled since 1965 (although its rate is decreasing) and sits at 7.8 Billion. So in approximately 50-60 years from now there could be 14 billion people on the planet. Surely you would agree that is an issue to consider?
Why wouldn't you ask on a forum, and see if someone has a recommendation or experience?
Then combine that with local knowledge......
I'd flip it on you and ask, why would you rely solely on local knowledge/community and not seek out others? That seems obvious thing to do, to me