Overpopulation Essay

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Overpopulation can be described as a situation where the number of people exhausts the resources in a closed environment such that it can no longer support that population. I would like to begin with a scenario given by Anne Morse and Steven Mosher of the Population Research Institute- Imagine that someone locked us in our offices. Nothing allowed in or out. We would use the available resources very quickly. The office would have too many people for its natural resources. Should we start eliminating co-workers to ensure our own survival. Should we launch a sterilization campaign against our younger colleagues or encourage our older colleagues to jump out of the windows. Of course not! Why? We know that an office is not a closed…show more content…
They state that slowing world population growth is one of the most urgent issues.
Most of the world 's 1.2 billion desperately poor people live in less developed countries. Critics argue that instead of allowing poverty to persist, it is important to limit our number of poor people (The Population Explosion: Causes and Consequences).
Population growth around the world is not equally distributed. Between 1750 and 1950, the population explosion began in Europe and America. After 1950, a much larger population explosion started to take place in Asia, Latin America and Africa. More than 1.3 billion live in China and 1.2 billion in India, together making up more than one third of the world population (The world population explosions: causes, backgrounds and projections for the future).
In 1950, Africa had 230 million people which was 9% of the world population. In 2010 there were more than 1 billion Africans which was 15% of the world population. According to UN projections, Africa will continue to grow at a rate up to 2.2 billion people in 2050 or 24% of the world population. Europe, on the other hand, is going in the opposite direction: from 22% of the world population in 1950, over 11% in 2010 to an expected 8% in 2050. North America has decreased from 7 to 5% of the world population (The world).

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