There Doesn't Have to be a Negative Correlation between Population Growth and Environmental Wellbeing

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“Often, environmental problems – like climate change or forest destruction -- are widely acknowledged, but governments, corporations and international bodies all duck or dismiss the solutions” (Greenpeace 2014). Everyone wants to believe, and wants everyone else to believe, that they are environmental activists because they wear green on Earth Day and might recycle a plastic bottle or two in the span of a year or so. But this is not a case in which small intentions can accumulate and equate to a large contribution to the problem at hand. Population growth has drastic effects on the environment that exist outside the petty and more-or-less foundationless lukewarm concern that the general populace claims to have. Population growth demands …show more content…
As the “Paul Revere of ecology” (Dreier 2012), Dr. Commoner “viewed the environmental crisis as a symptom of a fundamentally flawed economic and social system… and argued that corporate greed, misguided government priorities, and the misuse of technology accounted for the undermining of ‘the finely sculptured fit between life and its surroundings’” (Dreier 2012). Dr. Commoner believed, just as current activist organizations believe, that with proper government policies and priorities, the growth of the world’s population doesn’t have to have negative effects on the environment. Not only did he talk the talk, but Dr. Commoner also walked the walk: “He was a dedicated recycler. Mostly he did not bother to iron his shirts, to save electricity. Until he became old, he used nothing but public transport” (Cornwell 2012). Along with his persistent personal convictions, Dr. Commoner also authored Four Laws of Ecology:
(1) Everything is connected to everything else, which simply means that all living and nonliving beings on this planet are in some way, shape, form, or fashion, dependent on one another. This is present in models of food chains and shows the delicate balancing act that is the relationship between the population of the predator and that of the prey and both of their inevitable dependence on the original source of energy on this planet--the sun. This law also illustrates the concept of competition between organisms for

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