In the year 2000, the population of earth was 6.11 billion people.
According to the us Census Bureau’s World Population Clock, that range is currently 7.49 billion.
The un anticipates world population to extend to just shy of 10 billion individuals by the year 2050.
Without any context, those numbers are simply that, numbers.
However, framed against the backdrop of earth’s finite resources and whether the world can sustain a species that consumes faster than it will replenish, it’s clear why overpopulation is a growing concern for several.
But is overpopulation, with the various different challenges we face daily, really something that humans should worry over?
We’ve made it this long, therefore why wouldn’t we be able to continue to stretch the resources and technology out there to accommodate our growth.
To adequately answer that question, let’s explore wherever this rapid rise in population originated, the potential impact to our planet, and ultimately if the earth can sustain us.
In broad terms, overpopulation relates to whether our planet is capable of sustaining humans as our numbers increase and resources decrease population though also can occur at a small level.
Individual countries will experience overpopulation, and lots of developing areas face the hardships that come with this crisis additional so than developed nations.
Make no mistake though, whether or not it’s just one individual or 1 billion or a modern country or one that is still underdeveloped, we all want the optimal conditions that earth provides to survive.
How did we get to the present purpose of stretching our only home so thin? There are many factors.
First and foremost, the population of earth is a simple numbers game.
Let’s go back to the us Census clock and take a glance at us numbers. In our country, there’s a birth each 8 seconds. each 12 seconds a death occurs. Not accounting for immigration, which means we are adding 2½ folks each minute to the populace.
On a world scale, the numbers are higher. Four births every second versus 2 deaths, suggests that 30 folks are added to the world’s population every minute.
Though global births have seen a decline over the past many decades, they still outpace deaths at a steady rate.
Let’s come back to our original question and if the global issue of overpopulation could be a concern for now.
As one of the few global issues that have the potential to impact each human on earth, understanding overpopulation so operating to ease the stress on our planet is a necessary undertaking.
Though we cannot ethically stem the population will increase immediately, small steps will put us down the proper path to ensuring a reasonable population level and sustainable earth.
Education, particularly in developing countries, can help individuals understand the consequences of overpopulation. we must also place a heavy stress on women’s empowerment, planning, and sex education.
In addition, smarter and additional efficient use of our resources could be a should. this is very true in developed nations where resource use far outweighs the actual need. The goal is that our consumption doesn’t outpace replenishment.
So yes, we do need to concern ourselves with finding a sustainable balance between our growth, what we want to survive, and therefore the interaction we have with our planet.
If we don’t, the consequences can be dire.
If we do, then the earth will be ours to call home for many additional years to come.