Thomas Robert Malthus: The Negative Effects Of Overpopulation

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Over population affects on the world has been a great debate among many people. Rev. Thomas Robert Malthus has warned the world about he negative consequences of overpopulation, because he said an increase in population would lead to food shortages. Paul Ehrlich also agreed with Rev. Malthus to some extent about the effects of overpopulation. We are experiencing some of the negative effects of overpopulation in the world as the population is at 7.2 Billion people and increasing. However, some believe that humans will be able to adapt and create new methods to sustain this population growth.
Rev. Thomas Robert Malthus was an English cleric, scholar, and debater who had a great impact in the areas of political economy and demography. He put a major emphasis on the long-term stability of the economy and therefore supported Corn Laws, a system of tax on British imports of wheat. Rev. Malthus came to fame for his essay, An Essay on the Principle of Population, about the negative impacts of population growth which will eventually lead to food
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Ellis is about the increasing population will be able to sustain and be stable due to humans developing technologies and methods to keep up with the changing world. He argues that evidence from archeology helps show that humans have always been adapting to their situation: making tools from wood and stones, animals, food and clothes from animals, making fire, using natural resources for spices and food. He states that the rise in agriculture will allow for even greater population growth. He says that the science of Anthropocene is used to explain this. Anthropocene is the idea “that humans must live within the natural environmental limits of our planet denies the realities of our entire history, and most likely the future” (Ellis). His argument can be basically summarized by this statement he makes, “Humans are niche creators. We transform ecosystems to sustain ourselves”

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