Poverty And Environmental Degradation And International Development Within An Unequal Structure Of A Global Capitalist System

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At an average rate it would take about 32 years to count to 1 billion, and over 230 years

to count to 7.3 billion. There are currently 7.3 billion people living on this planet, so try putting

that number into perspective. For years the thought of the growing human population exceeding

earth’s capacity and number of resources able to sustain human life, has created this fear of

“overpopulation.” Yet history has repeatedly proved that human capabilities far exceed the

natural limits of the planet. Even as our population increases, humans have always sustained a

contributing place in the world ecological order. The hard reality is that common assumptions

about overpopulations are only misleading factors that divert attention from the world’s deeper

political and economic problems behind it: poverty and environmental degradation, corruption in

societies, and international development within an unequal structure of a global capitalist system.

Population growth is inevitable but it’s the displaced focus as to where the problems are

generating from that need to be addressed.

Poverty and environmental degradation are the two most common misleading factors

associated with overpopulation. While the growing population is somewhat related to poverty

and environmental degradation, it’s definitely not the reason causing it. First, poverty is in fact a

continuously growing issue; but it has somehow managed to link the growing population as a

reason to be…

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