Overpopulation : Sustainability Of Human Life

1438 Words Nov 25th, 2014 6 Pages
Overpopulation: Sustainability of Human Life
Overpopulation, in my belief, is becoming one of the foremost problems facing human civilization. This complex, permeating issue will likely prove to be a problem of paramount importance for all people in the future. Overpopulation is a serious global issue that is often overlooked by most people. This is likely due to lack of knowledge and fast paced distracting lifestyles we embrace this day and age. While it is not a common problem or subject we speak of, it is a problem, in my opinion, that needs to be addressed and solved immediately. In the past 50 years the world population has doubled and our planet now provides for over 7 billion people (U.S. Census Bureau, 2014). We need to understand the detriments of such rapid growth in population and what it could mean for our future as a species and the planet as a whole. Problems that occur due to overpopulation could lead to an epidemic that would ultimately wipeout the human race. Although we as humans feel it is our right to procreate, we must look at the bigger picture and realize that everything we are doing in the present will affect the entire planet in the future.
To better understand overpopulation, we need to define it. The term overpopulation means: a situation in which the number of individuals of a given species (in this case: humans) exceeds the number that its environment can sustain (Merriam-Webster). “Population is determined by the interplay of two factors. One…
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