Overpopulation and Today’s Troubled World
If you have heard of overpopulation, then you know it refers to the fact that right now there are more humans on earth than there are resources to support our quality of life.
Why Now? Why in Our Time?
One of the main factors that have contributed to overpopulation is the fact that we now live longer than ever. Healthcare advancements, improvements in the sanitary conditions, our diets, and even the increased use of agriculture, all help us live longer.
But it is not all coming from positive advancements, some of the most terrible problems also keep our population rates increasing at an alarming speed. The use and abuse of child labour is a prime example, given that families are keen to have more kids to have more working hands to provide. This makes them all poor and miserable.
How Does This Affect Us?
If you think overpopulation only affects impoverished countries or communities, one look at the bigger picture will surely change your mind. Oftentimes, the consequences of overpopulation are suffered by the entire world’s population whether directly or indirectly.
Epidemics and Pandemics
Society has painfully been reminded today of the fact that crowded places favour contagion of disease and lead to epidemics and pandemics. Add to this the increased poverty rates that lead to malnutrition and poor immune systems, and you have the perfect formula for viruses to spread successfully.
Struggling for Resources
Although Africa is famous for facing droughts that lead its people to have to walk miles every day for a bucket of water, you can see water issues all over the globe.
As overpopulation triggers high poverty rates and a struggle to find basic resources, there has been an increased amount of violence in civilian life as people fight for their needs. Wars are also fought in the name of securing resources like oil and territory. The scarcer they are, the more brutal and frequent war becomes.
Both governments and scientists have been putting their heads together to come up with solutions, which include better education. But it is up to you to bring awareness to your community and helps us make these measures a reality. If you want help, remember that you can contact us at CSPC 2016.