The Human And Environmental Effects Of Overpopulation In The World

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Martin Luther King said, “ unlike plagues of the Dark Ages or contemporary diseases we do not understand, the modern plague of overpopulation is soluble by means we have discovered and with resources we possess. What is lacking is not sufficient knowledge of the solution the universal consciousness of the gravity of the problem and education of the billions who are its victim.” In the world a very important issue is overpopulation. Many people are not aware of the human and environmental impacts this issue has. Overpopulation is probably one of the most important problems that need to be focused on. Hopefully, this will persuade you to take action and/or inform others about the impact of overpopulation. Currently, according to worldometers.info, …show more content…
From 1960 to 1974 the world population increased by around one billion people. From 1987 to 2011 the world population increased by three billion people. The increase of population was caused by a decline in death rates which were aided by better medical facilities, more hands-on charities to overcome poverty, new technologies in fertility treatment, increase in immigration, and lack of family planning. There isn 't a specific area in which overpopulation began, however, the most populated country in the world is China followed by India and in third place in the world is the United States. This became a major problem when scientists realized that with the depletion of natural resources many things are affecting the world negatively. Removal of natural resources has led to global warming, changing climate patterns, environmental pollution, malnutrition, water shortages, and many other …show more content…
Natural Resources would become extremely scarce. This would lead to war and increased crime rates. How? you may ask. Overpopulation in developing countries would require more natural resources for sustaining development. Countries would start to fight over natural resources such as water to provide for the citizens in their country. Because of the decrease in natural resources many countries would face higher rates of poverty therefore decreasing the mortality rate, especially for children. Due to depletion of resources and higher rates of poverty, more people are susceptible to certain diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis. Everyday approximately three thousand people die from malaria and three out of four of them are children. Every year one million and five hundred thousand people die from tuberculosis. Overpopulation causes many social and environmental problems such as poor living conditions, pollution, malnutrition, and bad health care. Another problem is scarcity of water. It is predicted that by 2030 more than half of the world 's population will be suffering with water shortage. You can 't forget one of the most important that everyone has been very concerned about, global warming. Approximately ninety-seven percent of all scientists believe that human activities are the leading causes of climate change. Global warming has already taken its toll on countries like France, Australia, Sudan, Bangladesh, Siberia,

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