Overpopulation: Is It Really An Issue? Connor Oswald and Jonathon Mannino
Definition and Description
Overpopulation is the condition of being populated with excessively large numbers.
Why Is It Important We Know About Overpopulation?
- Overpopulation can worsen global warming, environmental pollution, and other global problems.
Cause/ Severity of Overpopulation
- Overpopulation is caused by advancing medicine, and new technology allowing people to live longer.
- Overpopulation is not a very severe problem, because the population growth rate will cap off at some point in time.
Some potential solutions could include:
- Overpopulation Awareness campaigns
- There could be tax benefits for only having 1 or 2 children
- A Think Tank could be created to devise solutions and make people aware of Overpopulation.
Pros and Cons:
- Pro: A global campaign could reach people worldwide. Con: A global campaign would be expensive.
- Pro: The stipend could help people in poverty. Con: Those tax dollars would be coming out of the Government.
- Pro: People could have an impact on other people about this issue. Con: People would have to join the Think Tank for it to actually work.
Facts about overpopulation
- Population growth is partially driven by the ever increasing life expectancy.
- The population of the US tripled during the 20th century
- Between 1999 and 2011, the worlds population increased by 1 billion.
- About 108 billion people have lived throuought history.
- The worlds population hit 1 billion in 1804.
- Standing side by side, the world's population could fit in 500 square miles.
- The rate of population growth has slowed down.
- Population growth is projected to cap off somewhere between 9 and 12 billion people.
- It will take about 39 years for the population to grow to 9 billion.
- Right now, the population growth rate is 1.13% per year.