Deptulation Essay: The Solution To Overpopulation

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The Solution to Overpopulation The world’s population increases by 80 million people every year. There is no means of controlling this immense population growth so how will we handle this issue in the future? With the increase in population, we are heavily consuming our natural resources, causing global warming, and increasing habitat loss. Furthermore, in the United States alone, about 45 percent of pregnancies were unintended. How would our loss of population control appear worldwide? To keep the world safe from overpopulation and the effect that it brings, we must limit our population growth in any way possible. *The term overpopulation means the number of humans that depend on resources for survival is significantly larger than the amount …show more content…
In Mclatchy’s article “Population Crisis”, they state that overpopulation is a huge issue that is overlooked. Without solving this issue, it will lead to “global warming that causes hurricanes, floods, droughts, twisters, wildfires, tropical diseases and other ills” (Mclatchy). With more humans comes the increase in the need of resources. According to Mclatchy, “We are overusing our renewable resource base by about 50 percent”. If our population rate rises even further, we will no longer have enough resources for ourselves. He then includes statistical facts about the problems that overpopulation is causing. These facts include the destruction of our environment, plant and animal extinction, and an increase in carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. Lamm also proves how big of a problem overpopulation really is. She states “Scientific American in December estimated that the world population is now 7.2 billion. Just a few years back, it had been projected to be 8.4 billion in 2100; now it is revised to be almost 11 billion by that time” (Lamm). With these significant problems caused by overpopulation, we must look at it more seriously and act against our current population …show more content…
Trying to lower population growth will break some ethical values and violate traditions of many popular religions. According to Goldberg, “The ethical and effective way to counter rapid population growth is to bolster women 's rights and improve their access to family planning” (Goldberg). This may not seem like a big solution in America, but it will affect birth rates dramatically around the world. In countries where women are socially inferior to men such as Iraq and Afghanistan, they may be forced to have many children they don’t want. However, if women are given more power in these societies, they can decide how many children they want and will limit population growth dramatically. This theory can be proven through countries with woman’s rights such as Italy which “has a fertility rate of 1.3 children per woman” (Goldberg). Bolstering women’s rights is an ethically acceptable and effective solution to slow down population increases around the world. “Give women freedom and support, and they will find reproductive equilibrium, so that when societies do shrink or grow, they do so in a manageable way. The lesson of these twin demographic dangers is clear: Take care of women, and they 'll take care of the rest” (Goldberg). Mclatchy and Angell also agree with increasing women’s rights as a solution to overpopulation. Mclatchy states “Some of the problem lies in

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