Overpopulation Essay

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There are 6 billion human beings on the face of the Earth. According to our best estimates, there are somewhere between three and seven times more people than this planet can possibly maintain over a long period of time. Non-renewable resources are being used at an incredible rate, and we are destroying the capability of the planetary ecosystem to renew the supply of renewable resources. The worse however is yet to come. We need to realize the necessity of a population plan which will make our future more optimistic. This plan must be based on the fact that the control of the rapid population growth is necessary globally; otherwise, earth’s environment will be put into greater danger, the overexploitation of natural resources will…show more content…
Population growth in today’s world, therefore, plays a vital role to changes in the land. Growing need for food supplies and commodities contributed to the growth of croplands all over the world and to the consumption of natural resources.
Globally, population growth is mainly responsible for land pressures.
Forests--one of the greatest natural resources--have also experienced major damage due to immense population growth. As a result of the rapid human fertility, forests have been transformed into either agricultural lands or open areas in which villages and cities now exist in order to sustain the urban population.
Apart from land and forest, population growth has applied pressure in resources of water. Population growth has as a result the decrease of fresh water resources; humans apply pressure on water quantity through water needs for survival, hygiene and agriculture. Another serious concern is the worldwide loss of cropland due to population expansion. As human numbers continue to rise, they create needs for land for purposes other than the production of food. Among these are urbanization and transportation. Each of these sectors claims cropland in almost every country.
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