As World's Population Booms, Will Its Resources Be Enough for Us?
by Maya Rinaldi on February 22, 2018 - 10:27pm
As World’s Population Booms, Will Its Resources Be Enough for Us?<
The article that I have chosen to write about is called “As World’s Population Booms, Will Its Resources Be Enough for Us?” and it is written by Dennis Dimick. The purpose of this article is to discuss the phenomenon of overpopulation and analyze whether there will be enough resources for future generations to live off of. Dimick explains that population depends on multiple different factors such as fertility rates, mortality rates and finally, migration. In some countries, fertility rates are constant but in other countries, these rates can fall below or rise above the replacement level. With regards to mortality rates, the size of the population can still increase if people are living longer. If the population keeps growing at this significant rate, the world’s population will be at approximately 9 billion people by the year 2045. Overpopulation is a serious issue and can directly affect the availability of resources in the future. There are several consequences to this phenomenon, one of the major ones being the lack of food. An increase in population does not lead to an increase in food. Climate Change greatly disturbs ours crops and harvests and feeding all of these extra people will be extremely difficult. At the moment, we are just keeping up with demands of the population. Dimick explains that Malthus’ idea of human population grows quicker than our ability to produce food might be right after all.
In my opinion, I think that overpopulation is a serious issue that will directly affect future generations. This article was written a few year ago and we can see today that the issue is still not resolved. A possible solution to the issue of overpopulation can be to limit the number of births a couple can have. This will certainly reduce the fertility rates, however, stopping an entire population from growing is something that is impossible. Instead, we should focus more on reducing our consumption of resources in order to preserve them for future generations.