Essay on Overpopulation Is Causing Illness And Pollution

1307 Words Oct 15th, 2014 6 Pages
In a speech to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Australian Minister for the Environment, Moss Cass said, “We have not inherited this earth from our parents to do with it what we will. We have borrowed it from our children and we must be careful to use it in their interests as well as our own.” The United Nations has predicted that, by 2050, the world’s population will be 9.6 billion and reach 10.9 billion by 2100 (“Don’t Panic” 1).
Problems facing these future generations include resource depletion and shortages, overpopulation, and pollution. Desertification and soil exhaustion rates are increasing as farmers produce more food for a growing population (Otterpohl 3). Energy and water resources are depleting at exponential rates. Overpopulation is causing illness and pollution in modern countries as people move to cites. The problem facing this generation and the generations that follow is discovering the art of balancing human consumption of resources with the rate that these resources can be renewed. The answer to the crisis faced by the human race does not lie on the global scale; instead, it starts at the smallest level of government, the city. As urbanization becomes a prevalent part of global life, it is to these centers for human ingenuity and life that governments look for a solution to sustainability (“Urbanization and Global Change” 1). In order to relieve the stress on natural resources created by a large population, nations…

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