Is Overpopulation a Myth?
Can there ever be too many people?
When I was born, back in 1970, the world population was 3.7 billion people. By the time I was in kindergarten that number had risen to 4 billion. By the time I graduated from high school we had a net increase of another billion human beings, bringing us to 5 billion human residents of earth. By the dawn of the new millennium we pushed over the 6 billion mark. Ten years later we surpassed a world population of 7 billion people.
There can be no doubt that the world population has grown and continues to grow. Scientists have been coming to the same conclusion for decades. We are headed toward a dire lack of resources, environmental collapse, and a plummet in the average quality of life. Yet many still deny that humans can cause negative changes in their environment and think the earth has infinite resources.
They focus on dropping populations in countries with higher standards of living and better education, sometimes going so far as to claim it means humanity is in danger of dying out. I believe a decline in birth rates in a well-off country just means its people are making more responsible choices due to better education and access to safe and effective birth control.
However, many people believe that there is no such thing as overpopulation, that either the earth will accommodate an unlimited number of humans because it always has or that God has decreed that we must "go forth and multiply" without limitation. Some even argue that the idea of only having a few children rather than having as many as possible represents a liberal agenda to kill off the white race. They call overpopulation a myth.
Personally, I think the world has enough people already and that reproduction on anything more than a replacement level is an unsustainable plan for the future. I believe resources are finite and that the world population can and probably will overgrow the earth's capacity to support it. Or it's possible that, like any other overpopulated species, we will suffer extreme losses to contagious diseases and plague will solve the problem before we get a chance to do something less drastic ourselves.
Is It a Myth or a Real Danger?
No one can really dispute that the earth's human population is growing. What is in contention is whether or not the increase is leading to overpopulation or an unsustainable drain on the planet's resources.
Weigh in with your opinion as to whether or not our growing numbers could create a problem.
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Is Overpopulation a Real Danger?
Yes, you're right, if the human population continues to grow at its current rate we are in for trouble!
No way, there is no such thing as overpopulation and there's no reason to worry about it!
How Many People Can the World Support?
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Would a Tripling of the Earth's Population Affect Your Quality of Life?
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