How big a problem do you think overpopulation is for the world. How much do you think it will impact the world in the future? Would reducing the number of people in the world improve the world and life quality of the people within it?
There are a number of arguments for and against overpopulation, and also a lots of other factors which need to be taken into account when factoring in what impact an increasing number of humans on the planet will have. Whatever your opinion and the strength of that opinion both sides of the argument need to be looked at. When considering something which impacts on the life and death of humans all over its not something which should be taken lightly.
A big factor which needs to be looked at when considering overpopulation is that currently the richest 20 percent of humanity consumes 86 percent of all goods and services, while the poorest fifth consumes just 1.3 percent. Another factor which needs to be considered is what sort of quality of life everyone has? Does everyone on the planet need a car? Do we all need lots of things to put in our house. All these things require energy, resources, and money. Currently there is enough food on the planet to feed everyone, but still people are left hungry and starving to death. Is overpopulation the reason for this? The World Food Programme doesn’t say so. It lists poverty, conflict, natural disasters, over exploitation of the environment, and poor agricultural infrastructure. But not over population. People have died of starvation throughout human history, but overpopulation hasn’t always existed.
On the other side of the argument, we need to consider other things like developments in future technologies. If fossil fuels do run out then that could cause potential problems. If people still want more and more things, greed continues or war breaks out around the world that will cause more problems. If countries around the world fight over land which is key to fossil fuel production this could lead to food shortages in areas. Natural disasters such as the one that happens in the Philippines at the end of 2013 will also lead to food shortages.
Of course there are environmental factors to consider such as climate change, or the destruction of rain forests etc… If everyone on the planet has a computer, tv in every bedroom, all the latest appliances, a big car, plane journeys every year this will have a huge impact on the world too.
So its a pretty good topic to look at, and if someone has a complete answer to this please share it. But one thing its important to be aware of whats going on, so we can work towards a better and improved world for the future.
Below are 2 videos about overpopulation, one thinks its a problem the other thinks overpopulation is a myth. Take a look at them and see what you think.