Argumelty Essay: The Causes Of Human Overpopulation

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Samantha Godbold 02/27/2016
Human Overpopulation

Over the course of our lives, we are taught that human overpopulation refers to the number of how many people live on this planet and that it is the reason why Earth is not going to be able to sustain us for much longer. Many people believe, however, that the population of the human race isn’t the reason for Earth’s decline in resources. It is, in fact, us. We, as a species, are solely responsible for Earth’s sudden decline in sustainability. It is not how many of us there are, it is how we live and how we produce, consume and waste our many resources. One of the biggest issues in todays world has a lot to do with the state of the environment, and the fact that we are the ones
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The fact is that our demand for water is going through the roof, and has been increasing for several generations. One surprisingly little known fact is that we don’t just use water to drink. There is something called “hidden water,” and it is used to produce things we consume. For example, chicken, beef, cotton, cars, chocolate, and even mobile phones. Did you know that it takes around twenty-seven thousand liters of water to produce one kilogram of chocolate? That’s two thousand and seven hundred liters of water per bar of chocolate (Emmott, 2013). In short, we are consuming water, like food, at a completely unsustainable rate. Fresh water is the most fundamental finite resource with no substitutes for most of its uses, and yet we are consuming it at least ten times faster that it is being replenished ("Effects of Human Overpopulation.”). As the human populations grow, so will the problem of water availability and just as the saying goes…”We never know the worth of water till the well is dry” (Thomas …show more content…
Laws, which serves as a primary social mediator of relations between people, will be more frequently regulated so the crime rates stay maintained and the people’s actions don’t get too out-of-hand ("Effects of Human Overpopulation.”). More people means more rules, which doesn’t always have positive results. The perfect example of this is the law that was put in place in China during the late 1970’s to control the overpopulation of its nation. The “One-Child Policy” was introduced in order to limit the great majority of family units in the country to one child each. Because of this forced law, the nation not only saw a population decrease over the years, but there was a substantial gender imbalance, being that families preferred to have boys rather than girls. Soon after this law was put in place, there was a huge increase in crime rates, specifically human trafficking and the murder of small girls (“One-child Policy | Chinese Government Program."). As you can see, human overpopulation isn’t just affecting the environment in substantial ways, but also our society and how we are treated and

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