Overpopulation Is A Major Challenge That Humans Face Today

1199 Words Mar 9th, 2015 5 Pages
Overpopulation is a major challenge that humans face today. The human population is close to 8 billion, and at our current birthrate, we are adding nearly one billion more people every 12 years. Issues such as dependence of natural resources, degradation of the environment, poverty, and unemployment, are root causes of overpopulation. Though opponents of this theory, such as Erle C. Ellis uses archeological records, and the history of human evolution to argue against overpopulation. Robert Walker, on the other hand, disagrees. He uses scientific explanation to anticipate that all living beings on earth will are under torment as they die off due to: erosion of natural resources, mainly food, and water. Next, Joel Kotkin claims that an exiguous amount of babies will cause a little economy, which will, in turn, cause the annihilation of the earth. Finally, Alon Tal argues that, carrying capacity will bloat as the population rises. So by going through everyone’s claims, there should be a concern about overpopulation.
In” Overpopulation is Not the Problem,” Erle C. Ellis makes the claim that, humans are always adapting to population growth, as they did in the past according to archeological records. However, people do not understand the ecological system of societies. Archeological understanding shows that technology and man-made ecosystems have always been able to withstand population growth in natural ecosystems. Archaeology explains that the genus Homo sapiens practiced…
Open Document