Overpopulation Is Not The Real Issue

1757 Words Dec 7th, 2015 8 Pages
Overpopulation is an issue that was theorized during the late 1800s by Thomas Malthus.
He believed that there would eventually be more people on this Earth than it would be physically possible to feed. Eventually, food would run out and result in a catastrophic mass starvation of the worlds population. The idea makes sense. People seemed grow on an exponential scale, eventually there will be too many people if we continued at that rate. This idea has evolved over the years, but the general idea remains the same. There will eventually be too many people, or will there? Several estimations predict that the human population will eventually level out. This means overpopulation is not the real issue. A new perspective on this topic will allow for an accurate goal post shift away from common misconceptions. This goal post shift will offer a new win-lose relationship for overpopulation in terms of environmental ethics.
The goal posts on this issue currently represent a clear winning and losing relationship. Holmes Rolston believed that eventually the population increase would result in humanity and mother nature losing. Rolston made this clear in his essay Winning and Losing on Environmental Ethics. He said “But when we come to our senses, we realize that this kind of winning, if it keeps on escalating, is really losing. When we get the goalposts in the right place, we see that we are headed in the wrong direction. Humans will lose, and nature will be destroyed as well.” (Rolston,…
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