How Does Overpopulation Affect Society

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Overpopulation is when the human population surpasses the global capacity (Conserve Energy Future). The human population is growing like never before. Every 12 years, one billion people are being added to the planet (Effects of Overpopulation on the Environment and Society). That makes about 220,000 people being born every day(Effects of Overpopulation on the Environment and Society). The advancement in technology and medicine has helped make overpopulation a problem. We now have medicine to help save people’s lives, so not as many people die each year. Overpopulation is becoming a huge problem in the world and it is affecting everyone around us. Overpopulation is causing problems with resources, personal freedom, survival of important species, …show more content…
For example, a woman who is living alone in a big city, with no children, and no husband may be affected by overpopulation because she may not be able to find a job, have fresh water, fresh food, or a nice place to live. She may go out and try to get a job as hard as she possibly can, but in an overpopulated city, there are many people applying for the same job as she is, so her chances of getting the job may be very slim. If she can’t get a job, she can’t afford to electricity bill, the water bill, the house payment, or to buy fresh food. Overpopulation is affecting her because it is making her life …show more content…
Limits are being put on our water consumption, because there is not enough clean water for everybody. Some cities are putting limits on driving. For example, London charges you money to drive downtown. Limits on travel are also increasing. You can’t really travel to a big city to shop, because you are going to have a hard time finding a place to park. In less crowded, rural areas, people are allowed to do what they want on their land because the population is not high. They are allowed to build anything on the land they own. In the overpopulated cities, you don’t get the opportunity to do that. Limiting our freedom is not the only effect of overpopulation, extinction of valuable species is also a problem.
Species extinction is becoming a major problem in this world. We are on the verge of one of the greatest extinctions in the history of our planet. The last extinction as great as this was when the dinosaurs became extinct. We cover animal’s habitats with our homes and roads. We are also making these many species animals become extinct. The U.S is converting about 1.2 million acres of rural land into cities each year. Habitat fragmentation is a problem in the world, as it isolates a species population into subpopulations, that are too small for a group to survive, causing the subpopulations to eventually

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