Essay on Same Size Earth : What Future For An Overpopulated Earth?

859 Words Oct 19th, 2014 4 Pages
Same size Earth
What future for an overpopulated Earth?

It appears that humanity is facing an enormous challenge. The population of the planet surpassed 7 billion in 2014, and it is projected to reach about 10 billion by 2050. The future is in jeopardy, as a greater number of people will need to consume more from a planet that remains the same size. Humankind will be obliged to find ways of feeding a consistently growing number of inhabitants to survive. The film Soylent Green, (1973), with the late Charlton Heston, depicts a science fiction vision of an overpopulated world. The Soylent Green, the food for the 40 billion people, was, in fact, dead people. It is science fiction, but it represents a call for awareness as of how the future will unfold. This idea encompasses the eventual reality of an alternate substitution to the organic food. In 8000 B.C., only 5 million people walked the planet. Today we are more than 7 billion creatures. Overpopulation will be the challenge to the future of humankind.

Although some of us tend to believe that we can avoid the disaster by technological corrections, the future is in jeopardy, as an increasing number of people will demand more from a planet that remains being the same size. In a famous 1798 essay, the Reverend Thomas Malthus proposed that human population would grow more rapidly than our ability to grow food, and that eventually we would starve. Today, one eighth of the population does not have enough to eat.…

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