Environment versus population growth

by RosalieCB on March 1, 2018 - 2:18pm

Environment versus population growth

Larry West, an author of the website ThoughtCo., wrote an article on the impact of the population on the environment called: “Global Population and the Environment.” He says that some scientists found that population growth is the main cause of climate change and resource extraction. The earth’s population is now around seven and a half billion people and is predicted to be at nine billion by 2050.

Since 1950, humans had several impacts on the environment; 80% of rainforest were cleared, thousands of plants and wildlife species were lost, the greenhouse gas emission increased by 400% and half of the planet surface is occupied by the development or commercialization. Very soon, we will have problems with the water consumption, we will run out of water. The increase in the population is caused, mainly, by the lack of birth control in developing countries and their culture that is encouraging women to have more children and stay home with them. Industrialized countries also contributes to the deterioration of the planet by overfishing and increasing ozone depletion.

Americans (and Western countries) do not help the situation at all. It was found that America, which constitutes 4% of the world population, consumes over 25% of all the world’s resources. To provide a better future for the planet, the U.S. should decrease consumption, deforestation and rely more on renewable resources.

Seeing the population increasing that way is very alarming, because of our resources management. If today, we are not able to find a good solution and to make the efforts to keep our planet clean for future generations, what will they do? I am afraid of the planet being worse than it is now. If we do not change our habits now, what will future generations do to the planet? I am very concerned for all of us, humans.

West, Larry. "Global Population and the Environment." ThoughtCo, Sep. 11, 2017, https://www.thoughtco.com/population-growth-and-environmental-problems-1203586 (accessed on Feb. 22, 2018)

 

Comments

This is a very interesting and concerning topic. I agree with you, it is alarming to think that the population is increasing and the resources are decreasing. The whole population of the Earth has to make major changes to improve the condition of our planet. The percentages provide your summary makes us, the readers, realize the situation even better. I also found useful that the Western countries are brought into the subject as it is where we live, so we can relate, and it explains how we are using our resources. With the solutions brought into your summary, was it any good results? Is there other solutions that we can do to improve our way of living or how to solve the overpopulation
Here is what I found when I did a research.
https://www.positive.news/2017/society/28035/5-possible-solutions-overpo...
This article published by Positive News in July 2017, some solutions to overpopulation could be: education, family plan or minimum children regulations.
https://www.positive.news/2017/society/28035/5-possible-solutions-overpo...
As for easy ways to consume less on our everyday life, some solutions like use public transportation, buy an electric car, compost, have a garden, use less plastic and paper can make a big difference.
Information retrieved on https://www.conserve-energy-future.com/41-super-easy-ways-to-stop-air-po...

I choose to comment your article since I believe that population growth is an important issue that directly affects our resources. I agree with you, human needs to be more careful and find long-term solutions for future generations. It is very interesting to see the percentages, it allows us to really see that population growth isn't the only issue that affects our resources. It makes us realize that the developed country needs to change their consumption habits and that we are mostly responsible for this issue. It is interesting and I agree with you when you mentioned the lack of birth control in developing country is one of the causes of overpopulation. According to an article that gives solutions to overpopulation, the reason why there is lack of birth control is that lot of people are influenced by their assumptions, practices, and pressures within communities to not use contraception.
Also, the lack of access to contraceptives, concerns about the side-effects of contraception and social pressure not to use it is also reasons why there is lack of birth control in developing countries. https://www.populationmatters.org/solving-population-problems/
one other solution that was not mentioned in your summary but that I personally find important is to the education of women in developing country. By educating women, they stay longer in school, it gives them knowledge it gives them the opportunity to pursue a career which makes personal goals priorities instead of having big families.
Thus, I found it interesting that you did not only talk about developing countries being the cause of the problem but that developed countries have a big part of responsibilities too.

I chose this summary to comment on because I truly find it very intriguing. There are some facts that you explained that I was unaware of. For example, I had no idea that our population could increase to nine billion by 2050. Also, I find it quite heartbreaking how, over the years, humans have destroyed such precious parts of this environment that we should be cherishing. Clearing rainforests, killing species, increasing greenhouse emissions by 400%; it is not right, and it needs to stop. In ‘We are the .00018 Percent!’, Simmons explains that humans have a negative effect on the Earth’s environment (2012, 18-20). The author also demonstrates that humans have a disproportionate impact on the ecosystem when it comes to climate change, erosion of topsoil, overfishing, desertification, water extraction, or deforestation (Simmons, 2012, 18-20). In all, I find it astonishing just how badly we can damage the Earth’s health, and I truthfully believe that it is time to put an end to it.
Simmons, S. (2012). We are the .00018 Percent! Earth First, 32(3), 18-20.

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