The earth has been relatively the same size for millions of years and eventually there will be no space for everyone to live if the population growth rate does not slow. This circumstance is leading to many of the problems that provide a negative contribution to the earth. Some continents have shown a huge increase in population and are very overpopulated. This leads to the starvation and homelessness of many individuals. Certain countries have attained the trouble of starvation before the problem of overpopulation was existent.
What if one day there was too many people living on planet Earth, using up too much of it’s resources? Overpopulation though is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “the condition of having a population so dense as to cause environmental deterioration, an impaired quality of life, or a population crash.” Ever since the 18th century, the theory of overpopulation has been a problem on many minds. There is a huge gap for the number of individuals compared to relevant resources here on earth, such as the water and essential nutrients needed to survive. This issue results from an increase in births, a decline in mortality rates, an increase in immigration, or an unsustainable biome and depletion of resources. All these idea about mankind
“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread” – Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist World hunger is one of the biggest problems faced in this world today. About 24,000 people die every day, and most of these deaths are faced by children under five. Even though there is a lot of food in the world, some people in the world can’t access these foods because of poverty. About 1/10 of the world population suffer from chronic hunger every year. Because of the hunger problem, the majority of people suffer from blindness, anemia, malnutrition related problems and other diseases because they are not getting enough diet.
The world’s population is increasing every year and one disadvantage of this phenomena is the shortage of food supply. There is not enough food available for the world’s population to feed on, because of a lot of serious problems going on. This can only be resolved until there is a reliable solution to solve the ongoing matter. Thus, this essay will look into these problems, and identify possible solution, find if there’s any disadvantage in these solutions. In the next 40 years the world’s population is predicted to rise to 9 billion, that amount of people living on this planet would put a lot of strain on the agricultural sector, there would be more demand for food and water.
OVERPOPULATION Overpopulation is one of the world’s largest growing problems that humans cannot find a proper solution. Overpopulation has been a recent problem to humans. According to the UN, populations have doubled since 1967. Overpopulation is hurting the environment a lot. Humans are adding 220,000 people a day and populations grow one billion every twelve years (Institute of Population Studies).
Left unchecked, the combination of population growth and consumption- along with increasing inequity between rich and poor individuals and nations-will soon threaten not only the well-being, but even the lives of a majority of people on this planet. When population levels reach a critical threshold, we then see both a decline in the resource base, and damage to the environment, which supplies all those resources. These trends reinforce each other - the damaged environment provides fewer resources, and the shortage of resources causes us to further damage the environment. World energy needs are projected to double in the next several decades, but no credible geologist foresees a doubling of world oil production, which is projected to peak within the next few dec... ... middle of paper ... ...many enjoy today will no longer be attainable. Fortunately a future of scarcity, inequity, and conflict is not inevitable.
For example, the decline in water supply in the “Nile Valley” made the countries competing on the Nile water which put lots of pressure on Egypt that its population expands 3% every year (Cassils 2004, 185). Other implication is the increase in Co2 emissions by 2.5% per year which driven by annual per capita GDP and annual population growth (Mitchell 2012). The technology used at the beginning of this century caused higher Co2 emissions in developed and developing countries which raise the consumption rate (Mitchell 2012). The human’s activities, technology, and industry in crowded cities change the climate and impose environmental disasters such as cyclones and floods (Mitchell 2012).
Also, forty-four percent of children under age five are underweight (“Superpower?”). In addition, eighty percent of children do not receive enough vitamins necessary for survival and seventy percent are anemic, a form of iron deficiency caused by chronic hunger (Sinha). In Uttar Pradesh, a heavily populated state in northern India, “children have resorted to eating mud,” and when the news spread, officials delivered food and “told the villagers to keep quiet” ( Chamberlain). The large number of malnourished children leads to several hunger-related deaths. Malnutrition results in half of all child deaths in India (Sinha).
In developing countries most are struggling economically to provide enough food and jobs. Those who are not employed is the majority of the people with families that are suffering from hunger. The short term consequences of starvation are terrible. More and more people are dying from this each day. In this year we are expected to lose 7,615,360 people from hunger.
Poverty is an epidemic which has created a huge dent to human race. More than 50% of the world population lives on less than $2.50 a day. People can’t provide even one proper meal to their children. The income differentials are widening across the globe. What are we doing to reduce this widening?