From a Boom in Population to Doom in Resources?
by Username on February 23, 2018 - 10:58pm
The purpose of the Dennis Dimick’s article; “As World’s Population Booms, Will Its Resources Be Enough for Us?” in the National Geographic was to bring to light the current and future issues relating to our populations increasing growth rates, our consumption increase, the factors behind these issues and viable solutions. The concern for whether or not we will have the resources necessary to deal with the estimated population increase stems from the fact that at the current level (7.2 billion humans), over 800 million people do not have enough food to eat (Dimick, 2018), and that general estimations place the population figure between 9.6 and 11.3 billion by 2100 (Dimick, 2018). However, that is only half of the problem, as the population rises, there will be an increase in consumption and resources required to service these it. Since the end of the Second World War, our capacity to generate food and other requirements has not been increasing at the same speed as the population, and as this trend continues, the Earth’s open resources will become increasingly damaged by overuse and eventually less giving than needed. In most of the world, the population rate has dropped to 2.5 children per woman (slightly above the return rate of 2.1), however the majority of countries in sub-Saharan Africa maintain rates as high as 4.6, and experts predict increases rather than stagnation. To solve this problem, these countries must receive assistance and economical development boosts. The article used many sources, most notably the National Geographic, United Nations (population trends), United States government statistics, along with a few other published articles and papers.
I believe with the less conservative estimations included in this paper which believe that our population will rise to 11.3 billion by 2100 for the simple reason that the only way I believe we could reduce this growth would be to develop the under-developed countries of our world, and this will never happen (unfortunately). Ethically and morally, the one and the many should do what they can to assist those who can benefit for assistance and kick-starting this development would not only improve the quality of life of hundreds of millions of people, but it would also help us preserve our environment and hopefully reduce our population growth. But this would require massive assistance, subsidies, and global action. Getting rid of the conflicts, war zones, and oil concerns is noble, and the right this to do, but fundamentally, the majority of those with the influence, power and wealth to do these things, have gotten to those positions by following the most fundamental of human flaws: greed and self-importance. We will always reach for more, never satisfied and wanting more, regardless of what it does to others. Case and point, most are fine purchasing clothing they know was made by a sweatshop child.
Article Consulted: As World’s Population Booms, Will Its Resources Be Enough for Us?
Author: Dennis Dimick