The Overpopulated Planet

At the moment near the beginning of 2008, western civilization as we know it could be on the way out. We have so many catastrophic possibilities in the near future that mankind as a whole should be doing something about them but all we are doing is denying it.

In the background we have peak oil which should be the Number One concern for the future, but what are we doing. Just denying it and hoping it will go away. After watching the National Geographic program about cars in China, I came away with the conclusion they have no idea about peak oil. The manager of a car company was wanting to increase production into the future. I could understand if he was pumping out electric cars but all his ran on gas. Things like that don’t make sense when the world is running out of oil.


But our biggest problem is population

We are reproducing ourselves off the planet. And all our future catastrophes are basically tied to population. Peak oil, global warming and peak soil are all tied together with food production. But when all three come together at the same time we are in a spot of bother. And it looks like they are all converging, and the big problem is I will live to see it and I am 50.

Civilized man has survived for around 10,000 years and even with the future not looking too bright we will still survive but we will not be living off oil. I will just finish with another reference to National Geographic and this time their Africa series from a few years ago. The documentary followed the lives of 4 young people and they all lived without oil so there is hope for mankind still. Humans possibly started in Africa and it looks like they will continue in Africa.

Is population one of the main concerns affecting the future of mankind 5 comments

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plegrove 8 years ago from New Zealand Author

Global warming seems to be the most popular concern about the future of the planet but I think population is something we should try to do somethink about. Then with less people global warming should not be so great a concern


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

The planet is not overpopulated. Read "The Population Bomb" by Paul Erlich to learn how the world will be ending in the 1970's as mass starvation takes over: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Population_Bomb

Read "All the Trouble in the World" by PJ O'Rourke for a practical analysis of over population.


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plegrove 6 years ago from New Zealand Author

Paul Erlich's The Population Bomb was about 40 years too early. It is more relevant today than when it first came out in 1968. I read it back then but i can't remember what i thought of it. Even Thomas Malthus in 1798 said basically the same thing, now their time is coming and it is sooner than we think.

Population only becomes a problem when things we rely on start to run out, and now we are running out off nearly everything that we need to produce food, like water, land and oil. I haven't read O'Rourke but I'll check it out.


Dany 6 years ago

I don't think over population is really the big issue here. It is the unjust consumption and wastage of resources. 25 of world's energy resources is used up my one nation of the planet whose population is not even 5% of it. It's this one country which is responsible for damaging the ozone layer the most, and putting the greatest amount of green house gases into the atmosphere. Instead of blaming everything on population growth, I believe the real need of the hour is to focus on responsible usage of resources and disposal of waste.

P.S: A minor point in the article which I would like to point at. Life did not start in Africa, it is the Humans who are thought to have come out of there. Life was there on the planet much more than when Africa even existed.


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plegrove 6 years ago from New Zealand Author

Dany: Thanks for your comment and picking up on the point about where life began.

I don't agree with the consumption model I put it in with the global warming model.

A three person family - mother, father and a kid will consume a lot less and produce a lot less CO2 over one generation and future generations than a three child family.

If you want to stop consumption and CO2, then if you stop having kids the consumption and CO2 levels will naturally decline.

No one in the global warming crowd has mentioned doing something about the population to lower CO2 levels.

Anyway with this financial crisis it looks like the consumption levels in the US as well as around the western world are dropping.

Just one more point I think the planet is just one severe El Nino event away from mass famine. We are running out of food, water, oil, agricultural land, jobs and money so something has gotta give and i think it is going to give pretty soon.

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