How to Prevent Overpopulation
by maurane on February 22, 2018 - 11:34pm
The article “How Many People is Too Many People?” by Hannah Gais inform us about the danger of outstripping resources with our growing population and gives solutions to prevent this problem. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the main cause of resources depletion is the outgoing expansion of the population. Consequently, since the world population is estimated to be 11 billion at the end of the century according to United Nations, Natural resources will be insufficient for the number of people living. Also, Emissions, climate change, unemployment and regional instability due to resource insecurity are also consequences of population growth. Alan Weisman, an award-winning author, journalist and former University of Arizona professor, argue that human ingenuity and technological development will not fix the problem since this development requires resources and there are exhausted. Instead, Weisman proposes that family planning development initiatives and women's empowerment would be better solutions. He highlights the fact that the intervention of the US in Costa Rica in 1966 to lower birth rates by providing them contraceptive is one of the greatest decision his government has made and he hopes that the US will continue to take this issue seriously. Another solution by Weisman for lowering birth rate is education, especially women education. He explains that education has the effect of empowering citizen and at the same time lowering birth rate. Finally, Gais believe that the U.S should continue to treat population growth as a national security issue.