Population Growth Pressures On World Resources

2266 WordsNov 4, 201410 Pages
Population growth pressures on world resources: How significant it is and steps we need to take to control it The world’s population is expected to grow from 7 billion today to 10 billion people by 2050. It’s growing, and it’s growing exponentially. But the world we live in is not getting any bigger. We will have the same amount of space we have today in 2050. However, will we have the same amount of resources? Many believe the world is already over its carrying capacity. So in this scenario how will it sustain 3 billion more humans with the resources already getting depleted? The common answer to this problem seems to be sustainable development. The term has been mentioned in a number of environmental related concerns in recent times. But what is sustainable development? And how do we plan to solve the resource crisis through this development? This essay will briefly discuss what sustainable development means, while focussing on how the world resources are getting depleted and what steps need to be taken to ensure the sustainment of those resources for future generations. A statement found in Brundtland Report, Our Common Future, released during the 1987 United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development defined sustainable development as a "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs". Authors Wes Harry and Ina Ehnert describe sustainable development in a unique way in their
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