Over Population and Resources

by mrob10 on February 22, 2018 - 2:31pm

The article, “Population, Consumption and the Future” by David Funkhouser adresses some very important topics when talking about population/resources/energy. Funkhouser states that while our population increases at such a rapid rate, the depletion of the Earth’s natural resources begin to increase. The report “People in the Planet” states that by the year 2050, our population will increase by roughly 2.3 billion people. It also states that in 2050, roughly 1.8 billion people will live in areas with little access to water. As well as an increase in CO2 emissions in houses with higher income. Funkhouser provided nine solutions to the phenomenon. To name a few, the author suggests to try and alter the consumption in the developing and developed world in order to reduce emissions and ensure that there are resources even for the poorest people. Another possible solution according to Funkhouser, is reducing population growth by informing some of the fastest populating countries in Africa about planned parenthood as well as introducing a better health care system. He also believes that population and the environment should be considered as one issue, rather than two different ones, as well as government to government cooperation.

I feel like David Funkhouser has brought up some interesting ideas. Mainly the idea that governments need to cooperate and listen to one another, if an actual solution is to take place. Also of population and the environment are considered as one issue, so much more could be done, as they are interlinked. Essentially finding solutions to over population will lead to solutions for our environmental problems. However getting governments to cooperate is a very difficult task, especially when the most powerful government in the world (USA) refuses to acknowledge that a problem exists. Nothing can be done if someone refuses that there is a problem. The UN is most likely the best, and only place where a solution could be made.



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