Growth of Population
By: Lorenzo M. Vasquez III
People tend to build hysteria around insignificant claims, events, et cetera. We had the 2012 crisis and a few big pandemic scares, for example. I'm not trying to minimize actual tragedies or make a mockery. In some cases, people definitely have merit, but blowing things out of proportion is what we humans do best, more specifically, Americans.
Bring up the topic of conspiracy theories in a conversation and you can keep the conversation going for hours, spreading panic in those who are quietly listening. A notable mongering intrigue at the moment is population cleansing. We're talking about politicians, corporations, and entire governments colluding on ideas and policy to reshape population numbers.
Scary isn't it? Not quite. I am sure you can find some legitimate crazies within political and governmental groups, as well as, corporations who have far fetched ideas on the subject. But, we can't get caught-up in misinterpreted quotes and the ideas of a few screwballs. Do governments have a policy on population growth? Yes, very much indeed and with the exceptions of a few extreme cases--let's think China--it's a good thing. Trust me, witnessing a mass population cleansing in the near future is extraordinarily unlikely.
Here is the real scoop on exponential population growth and the reason policy is necessary.and not all too evil.
Will Human Population Keep Rising
As the 21st century progresses, we may in fact see a demographic transition from high birth rates and lower mortality rates to a more stabilized continuum of birth and death rates in developing countries. This means, coupled with the majority of developed countries’s low birth and mortality rates, the population would become more stable or fixed instead of growing at an exponential rate. In a sense, this is “good news” as it seems the human population will reach a carrying capacity and stabilize as more countries become developed or continue to develop, in their own sense.
This is evident in the governmental policies which try to limit population growth and the growing number of resources available to women around the world in developed and developing countries. Resources like family planning, education, and job or career opportunities. Then we have the phenomenon that when individuals have the resources, income, and suitability to have an increasing number of children, they do not. Data shows us, as a nation’s individual wealth-gross domestic product-increases, it’s fertility rates decrease.
However, as this trend becomes reality, governments may face economic slowdowns as the workforce dwindles and the number of people who need aid and supportive services increases. Governments, many of the developed countries, faced with such a situation, will implement fertility policies. However, these policies are unlike policies which seek to reduce or stabilize population growth. Instead, these policies, such as tax credits, hope to encourage an increase in fertility rates.
This raises the question, should governments have an active policy on population? In some cases, a policy which seeks to reduce population growth may serve as an effective means of reducing poverty, increasing education opportunities, and career opportunities. Such a policy is usually soft, for example, more and improved family planning. Policy to increase population growth may also be beneficial to a nation’s economy. This policy may increase the workforce at a later time which would allow the economy to have the potential to stabilize.
So yes, government, especially those in developing countries, should have an active policy on population as long as the policy does not become a black sore such as China’s infamous policy to reduce their population. Population policy can prove to be proactive. Yet, we must not forget there are other factors and manipulates that influence increases and declines in population growth and economic stability.
Nonetheless, it is safe to affirm the world leaders of today have no reason to reduce the human population by massive numbers. The issue is more of a sustainability issue, which is another topic in itself. If we are to witness a population cleansing, it will be at the hands of Mother Nature--Earth. In fact, the Earth has always had a way of purging itself and starting over.