Persuasive Essay On Overpopulation

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Karina Rios
Natassja Schiel
English 1A
20 November 2017
Essay #3 Overpopulation Have you realized that we are currently living through the sixth mass extinction? Perhaps not. Have you even stopped to look around and notice the ever growing amount of people that are beginning to surround you? According to Yourdictionary.com, overpopulation is excessive population of an area to the point of overcrowding, depletion of natural resources, or environmental deterioration. As Thomas Malthus coined the term “carrying capacity,” he concluded with a theory that the human population is growing much faster than the production of food. At one point the population of the world is going to surpass the availability of natural resources that would sustain us. The carrying capacity can be seen as the human population “perpetually pushing the limits of the resource base that supports us” (Scheer and Moss, “Oh the Humanity: Is the Threat of Overpopulation Still a Big Deal?”).
Overpopulation is looked down upon. But why exactly should someone even care about this? Human overpopulation is one of the most pressing environmental issues to this day. This can be seen through the questionable factor of the rise of an upcoming mass extinction, as it is affected by population densities, and through a decrease in life expectancies for less developed countries. Believe it or not overpopulation is tied to all of the factors that go into a mass extinction. Mass extinctions lower the diversity of species as they die off due to environmental factors that they were not able to conform to. Marshall Marcus stated in his academic journal, “Connecting the Dots between Species Extinction, Overpopulation, and the Use of Resources,” that, “Most extinctions result from loss of habitat as human population has increased…” (29). Land that is capable of being inhabited decreases as the numbers in population go up. Gateways to natural resources gradually decline as there is less and less land area where production of resources are available. This is a sign of extinction. In addition, it is clear that growing populations are a cause of the sixth mass extinction because of the declining state in biodiversity. Biodiversity is being dragged down not only
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