Global Climate Change

Effects of the Rising Population

The Effects of a Rising Population

A rising population has many effects on the world around us. The increasing population requires more space to reside in which means deforestation. Deforestation means that there are fewer plants to convert our CO2 gas emissions into O2. Population increase also requires more resources, which puts a strain on the environment. A growing population also means more people wanting goods, cars, and electricity. This means that our carbon footprint and pollution will increase while energy sources will decrease. Pollution into the environment as well as searching for resources can also trigger shifting in tectonic plates and a change in temperature. These can cause volcanic eruptions and flooding just to name a few. All of these problems stem from a growing population.
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This graph models the equation below for projected population growth per year.

The Solutions

A solution to this issue would not be an easy feat to accomplish. There is no simple way to reduce population growth, but if we consider the given options, then we may be able to alter our course. The following options are different possible solutions to global climate change.
Population Growth


Developed countries' populations are less aware of the strain they put on the Earth's resources. For instance, many people take longer showers than are necessary. Introducing a mechanism that restricts water usage on showers and faucets would save much water. Little techniques such as this will greatly benefit future generations if everyone who is able participates.

Other ideas for this solutions consist of electric cars, rainwater collection, more sustainable buildings, solar power, wind power, water power, and planned cities. Some people might argue that they do not have the means to participate in these alternate options due to finances. That is not true. It does not require any money to collect rainwater. It will cost less to take shorter showers. More sustainable buildings might be more costly at first but building will last long enough to save the builders and buyers money. Electric cars have several drawbacks. One of them is that electric cars lack the ability to go on long trip. However, consider if we place charging stations throughout the nation. Another option is there could be a car that is electric but alternately has the ability to use gas if a charging station is unavailable. Solar power, wind power, and water power are more costly but are becoming increasingly more available to the public as technology advances. Planned cities would be one of the most beneficial choices. If cities were arranged with the idea of more development in mind, then overcrowding would practically be nonexistent. Homes and businesses could be centrally located which would allow for more foot traffic and less car travel, which would mean less carbon dioxide emissions.

Solutions' Cons

While identifying the solution to global climate change as rapid population growth was fairly easy, the difficulty is finding a solution to population overgrowth. If we do not slow down the rate of population increase, nature will. We will reach carrying capacity and will begin to die off due to varying reasons. The population needs to understand that when the next generation takes control of the world, there might be nothing here to control. We must make the citizens aware that our children will see mass tragedy in their lifetime, if not in ours, due to over-population. Telling the people how many children they can have is not a viable option, explaining what world their children will inherit is.

If A Solution Is Enacted

If a solution like the ones above is put into place, we might be able to post pone what is happening and be able to discover a more permanent solution. Another point to consider is if these solutions work well enough then the Earth will be able to begin resupplying itself with resources, which is like self-healing.

If The Population Keeps On Using

If the population keeps on using non-renewable resources, there will be no future. First, there will be shortages. Next, the populations in developing countries are likely to start declining and the developed countries will be next. Finally, the world will be totaled. The technology is likely to rapidly decline with the decreasing population; we will be in a new era or the dark ages. There isn't a way to tell when this will happen, but it will happen. Maybe in your lifetime there will be more natural disasters such as droughts, wildfires, or food shortages in countries far away, but in your children's lifetimes, or even in your grandchildren's lifetimes, eventually these things will happen. Shouldn't your children inherit a world better than the one you received? Isn't bettering the world what we are supposed to do? At this point, the only thing we are doing is making it worse.