The world’s human population is now estimated to be over 7 billion people, and expected to grow to between 8 and 10 billion sometime in the next 30 years.
Many of our worlds most pressing environmental problems, such as air pollution, water pollution, and the rising levels of greenhouse gases contributing to global warming, occur primarily because the current population level has increased beyond the limits of environmental sustainability.
Other complications of overpopulation include social indifference, as well as competition for resources, such as food, water, and overconsumption of natural resources, especially fossil fuels.
Despite public indifference to it, the worlds population crisis is real. If population continues to mulitply, it will reach a magnitude that we cannot comprehend, contributing to environmental unsustainability.
It is urgent that we find new ways to promote environmental sustainability, and alternative fuels. And even if we do, for the population to be sustainable, either the birth rate will have to decline, or the death rate will have to increase.
In an interview for BBC, the 92-year-old British broadcaster said: “In the long run, population growth has to come to an end. There are some reasons for thinking that will happen almost inevitably. ” Article from the World Economic Forum.
Every person deserves sufficient land, food, shelter, and water. And every week, 1.5 million people are added to the 7.6+ billion already on the planet. That is more than 220,00 people per day – or another 150 people per minute. How can our world endlessly provide for us?
‘The Population Bomb’ made dire predictions—and triggered a wave of repression around the world. Article from Smithsonian Magazine.
Several reasons why population, and specifically overpopulation, is a problem. Article from the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere (MAHB).
The problem of human overpopulation of the Earth is often raised in different social settings and especially in some media, often resulting in the promotion of antinatalist policies. But is our planet really overpopulated?