Throughout human history ourleaders and strongest populations contain people who have a lot of stuff oreven an endless supply of stuff. I believe our population growth is out ofcontrol and there will be a day where the endless supply that many humanspresume is constant will run out.
The rate of population growth isunsustainable and will negatively affect many parts of the world like theenvironment, amount of food humans will have to consume and the marginalizedlives of people living in developing countries. Many people have different perspectives ofhow sustainable the environment is at the current rate of degradation. At oneend of the spectrum people believe the earth will provide, no matter populationgrowth or how much we decide to take (O’Connell, 2018).
On the other hand, somepeople believe we should be as minimal as possible in what we’re taking fromthe environment (O’Connell, 2018). I fall in the middle, I believe we couldtake what we need from the environment to live a comfortable life but at thesame time creating replenishable and sustainable practices to not put a strainor degrade the environment while doing so (Erik Assadourian, 2017). But as thepopulation grows not everyone can live a comfortable or even minimal life,because it is not sustainable and already today at our population growth theenvironmental impact of our consumption is huge (Erik Assadourian, 2017). The massconsumption and growth of foods, which are unnecessary for a comfortable life,is taking many resources from the environment and using large amounts of energywhich create excess pollution and waste (Philip Dearden,2016). One examplewhere the environment is suffering is deforestation. Eighty thousand acres offorests disappear from the Earth every day and the global number of trees hasbeen cut in half (Justin Worland, 2015). One of the main reasons fordeforestation isn’t the use of wood but to clear out space for crops (JustinWorland, 2015).
It’s said that per family two acres of land is needed to growcrops a year. And as the population increases more and more crops will beneeded (Philip Dearden,2016). Secondly a topic that shocked me was thatcountries which have the highest population growth are responsible for manytimes less consumption compared to a country with a smaller population growth(O’Connell, 2018). The continent of Africa holds some of the countries with thefasting growing populations but is also responsible for some of the countriesthat eat the least.
It’s said that one Canadian eats as much as forty Somalians(O’Connell, 2018). This presents a dilemma because at the surface level it’seasy to conclude that population growth does not have a relation toconsumption. But if you look deeper many believe countries like Somalia havelower consumption rates because, too many Somalis are worried about whatthey’re going to eat the day of and don’t have the time or resources to farm orsetup investments for more food (O’Connell, 2018).
Which tells us that in manycountries with high population growth, the reason their consumption is so lowis not because they understand the effects but because they literally don’thave access to the food they need. Furthermore, if their number of mouths tofeed increase in areas with the existing population not being nutritionallyhealthy that will just keep reducing the amount of food the people willconsume. It would be like adding fire to a fire.In conclusion, I believe thereare significant relations between population and consumption including negativeeffects to the environment and marginalization of humans in developingcountries, while there is over consumption in other places. I’d like to end offwith an example that will summarize my argument.
Imagine there are ten peopleon the earth and only enough food to support ten people. Now five years laterthere is a hierarchy and two people are consuming 80% of the resources leaving20 % for eight people. Now to keep consuming 80 % the two people have to gothrough with unsustainable practices to get what they want (Erik Assadourian,2017). Now the humans are thinking about having children.
Will adding to thepopulation help fix the problem or add to it? After reading about my argument Ihope you believe add to it.