The issue of overpopulation
Overpopulation remains the leading driver of hunger, desertification, species depletion and a range of social maladies across the planet. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are approximately 7,113,749,767 people on the planet, with another million arriving about every five days. The United Nations estimates that the world population at the end of the century will be around 11 billion, and many fear that the planet's natural resources are insufficient to accommodate such growth. We are growing way to rapidly!! The most serious of the environmental problems we face as humans is overpopulation. People are in the frame of mind that if we run out of room in one town, we can just simply spread out more. We can move people into areas that are less populated, and we can continue to reproduce and expand at an alarming rate. What most people don’t understand when they continue to build more stores and houses is that we are quickly running out of the natural resources necessary to sustain the population we have right now. We rely on and defer to our scientists or our politicians. Fresh water is another huge concern with overpopulation, and this poses a huge environment threat. Our fresh water could possibly run out with overpopulation! There are more people consuming water, however, than being replaced and the result is that we now have dried up lake beds which create dust particles. These dust particles are then polluting the environment and the air we breathe. So, not only is there not enough fresh water for the current population to drink, but the air is getting polluted with dust particles that contribute to health problems. Over population is a serious problem, and we need to start thinking of ways to keep our natural resources.
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Human population is growing like never before. We are now adding one billion people to the planet every 12 years. That's about 220,000 per day.
Food: one billion people, one out of every seven people alive, go to bed hungry.Every day, 25,000 people die of malnutrition and hunger-related diseases. Almost 18,000 of them are children under 5 years old. Food production and distribution could catch up if our population stopped growing and dropped to a sustainable level. If so many people are dying from hunger, just think of what will happen in 50 years?
Oil and gas are the underpinnings of what is, historically-speaking, the extremely cheap and fast transportation that today's huge population depends on. Imagine how we could feed and supply our huge cities (N.Y., L.A., London, Mexico City, Peking) if all the hauling was done in horse-drawn carts and sailing ships. Yet there is a finite amount of these fossil fuels in the Earth, and we have already extracted the easy-pickings in much of the world. The concept "Peak Oil" means that after some year, perhaps between 2005 and 2020, world oil production will max out and then start to decline.
Ways of fixing the problem!
When I say solution, it’s not as black and white as the word implies. Solution tends to imply “fix,” which in the case of overpopulation the only way to truly fix the problem would be to reduce the number of people. Since that is not a viable option, “solution” really means “maintenance” in this case. So when I say solution, I mean what is being done and what you can do to help the cause. Let’s start with what is being done:
- Government policies: Many believe the answer is in government policies that will ensure current and future human needs are met. These policies revolve around global issues like poverty, agriculture/food, environmental concerns, and access to reproductive health.
- Accessibility to sexual health care: There are countless organizations dedicated to helping women and youth have access to sexual and reproductive health care. Over 150 million couples do not have access to contraception worldwide, so some suggest an increase in reproductive services would be vital to the cause. In the most extreme cases, some governments have put restrictions on reproduction, such as China.
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