Overpopulation Since the year of 2011, the world population climbs up the ladder to seven billion people. According to a survey given out by SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, overpopulation is the world’s top environmental issue, followed by climate change (Science Daily). Overpopulation started through the third world countries, where most people are not being educated or given the option of contraceptives due to cultural reasons. With the rate of the human population growing, the risks of human going through starvation and illnesses due to environmental issues increase every day. Environmental risks due to the depletion of forests, fresh water, fossil fuels, and land that all consumed by humans.
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Obvious enough, this is not the life for Naz and her husband. Weiss says Naz often hear the Catholic priest give sermons about how birth control pills are bad but Naz refuse to listen to the sermons because she knows it is not sinful or evil to take birth control pills, it is sinful to have more children than she can afford to feed; Naz and her husband agreed to stop at three children and went across the Catholic priest’s disapproval to use birth control pills. But the Catholic church support the mayor of Manila on his idea to stop distributing any sorts of contraceptives at public clinics to promote “a culture of life” and thus all “birth control pills and other contraceptives [are] out of reach for millions of poor Filipinos, who could not afford to buy them at private pharmacies” (Beyond 7 Billion: Religious). Strangely, the mayor of Manila’s idea of a culture of life does not live up to that idea; poor women like Naz are not healthy enough to raise more children. Especially in a third world country like Philippines with 96 million people, where most people live in poverty and children are malnourished and often sick, it is depressing to even think about more future families that will continue down this path in poverty without even having an option to contraception.
Like Philippines, India is also being overly populated with people; India, in fact, has 1.2 billion people. Weiss says, “By tradition, girls marry young, to men chosen by their parents, can be