The Effects of Population Increase on the Environment

1172 WordsApr 4, 20055 Pages
As inevitable as death and taxes, the population of the world will continue to grow until the government intervenes. The gross increase in population will generally lead to adverse effects on the environment. In the anthology, A Forest of Voices, an entry titled "Is It Too Late?" by Anthony Weston deals with the history of legislation for the protection of the environment and stories of it's destruction that are all too real. Seemingly, as the population increases, so should the level of intelligence for a sample population which would necessarily lead to a certain form of protection to the environment. It would seem quite apparent that an increase in population has a causal relationship with the status of the environment. Some…show more content…
Now, to the best of my knowledge, the Mayflower brought the outcast Puritans from England to America. The Puritans were a people of conviction; otherwise they would have dealt with the lack of religious freedom in England. Both of the aforementioned parties are arrogant, for a lack of tolerance of another man's religion is seen as arrogance by today's standards; and the conviction to leave one's home and travel through barley-charted waters to an relatively unknown place in search of a better home may also be seen as a form of arrogance. The example of the early settlers is not the only instance that arrogance is related to environmental destruction. Wars, unnecessary expansion of habitat, and hunting (especially animals protected under the Endangered Species Act) are all products of arrogance that have lead to devastation of the Earth's ecosystems. As stated before, arrogance and an increase in population are both contributing factors of the cause of the environmental destruction that we faced with today. The problem that is the main focus of concern is if an increase in population necessitates an increase of arrogance. It does seem to be a causal relation between the two, unless the intelligence level is taken into account. If the intelligence doubles every X amount of years, then the level of arrogance should decrease; although it probably will not half itself in the same X amount of years. Since population can only
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