Booming Population has its Consequences
by C.Chute on September 25, 2015 - 11:26pm
In Dennis Dimick’s article “As World’s Population Booms, Will Its Resources Be Enough”, we are brought into the light of the impacts that our increased growth population has brought on to our planet as well as the people living on it. In the article, Dimick gives different theories for what could become of our population in the next hundred years, with one theory marking us down for our population to increase more then 11 billion by 2100. This is a theory of course and in no way set in stone, but he later explains how from 1950 to 2000, our population has grown from 2.5 billion people to a whooping 6 billion which makes their guess look particularly well theorized. One of the causes to this rapid population growth on our planet is due to the increase in births in sub-Saharan Africa. Their quota of children per woman is 4.6, whereas everywhere else in the world is in a range of 2.5 to 2.1 children. They remain one of the few places where fertility has grown other then declined in the last few decades. The article informs us that it is not only the impact of fertility growth that has caused our population to skyrocket this much but two other factors that impact our growth in population. Those two things consist of our mortality and migration. Even with less fertility in places like the United States, populations still increase due to higher mortality. Migration also plays a part by people settling into more rich countries where food is more plentiful for them to find which then causes a disruption in our ability to produce more food for more people. Dimmick also happens to bring up that researchers such as Jeffrey Sachs and Paul Ehrlich worry that the Thomas Malthus’s theory -which details that our resources will decrease if our population continues to grow- might become a reality if we have a continued increase in our population.
Personally, I find that our increase in population is a much bigger problem then most people seem to realize, one where the consequences could be far more severe then one could ever think. Not only will our resources in food and energy decline with this kind of increase in our population, but we’ll also have a shortage in space that will make inhabiting more people very difficult. There’s a whole list of things that will be affected by the increase in population growth, and none of it will benefit us in a positive way in the near future. The only way for us to limit the growth in our population is to slowly reduce the number of births in each household. This can be done by one of two ways; that we limit the quota of children per woman to 2 or less, or that a couple wanting a child can go adopt children who are in need of parents. By doing this, we’d be reducing our growth while at the same time caring for children who are in need of parents.