Overpopulation is becoming one of the most preeminent problems facing
human civilization. This complicated, pervasive issue will come to be a problem
of the utmost importance for people of all races, religions, and nationalities.
Our planet now provides for approximately 5.8 billion people, with
projections of around 10 billion by the year 2050. Two billion of these are
extremely poor, the poorest of which live in absolute poverty and misery.
One very serious effect of the population explosion is its detrimental
effects on the global environment. Increasing amounts of food, energy, water,
and shelter are required to fulfill the needs of human society. Much of our
energy is derived from the burning of fossil fuels-releasing millions of metric
tons of toxins into the atmosphere annually. The amount of land required for
food production will grow increasingly larger, while the amount of available
land will grow increasingly smaller.
The affects of overpopulation on human society are many. Suffering from
a lack of resources, people are often driven to war when they become too
numerous for their available resources.
Ethnic and racial differences will grow
increasingly frequent and unresolvable. Increasing numbers in urban areas will
lower quality of life in cities around the world.
The precipitators of this complex issue are unlimited. Factors such as
poverty, food distribution, and government corruption are all important aspects.
No one will be unaffected by the repercussions of an overpopulated world. This
highly sensitive and complex issue demands the attention of all who reside upon
this planet, particularly those who have the ability to work for change.
Category: Philosophy .