The Environmental Impact of Overpopulation Essay

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“We are burdensome to the world, the resources are scarcely adequate for us.” Tertullian, a philosopher from the third century had said this about our world when the population was mere 200 million. This statement can be taken two different ways. The first would be to think that our resources are limited and we need to be worried. The second would be to say people have been worried about overpopulation forever but everything seems to have worked out. Now there may only be two sides to Tertullian’s statement but the issue he touches base with certainly can be extended beyond that. Overpopulation is a complicated matter and there seems to be no real solution. There is no doubt that there are many people inhabiting this earth, but the real …show more content…
And if population is not an issue, than there is no need to regulate it. Another argument against population control would be, as Steven Mosher puts it, “Population Control Kills.” He argues how intrusive some family planning programs may be. He says that although the United States is aiding these poorer countries, the fact they are considering depriving these families of the right to decide how many children they wish to have would go against the ideas of democracy and lead more into dictatorship (Mosher). Ultimately, Mosher wants people to take a walk in these peoples shoes for a short moment and imagine someone coming up to their doorstep, demanding that they report for sterilization. What is being pointed out here is that there might be something unethical about population control. Clearly, there are reasons why population control may not be needed.
There are two sides to every issue and there is certainly another side for this one. Garret Hardin states in his Tragedy of the Commons, “A finite world can only support a finite population” (Hardin). When thinking of our earth’s limited resources, this is seems to be true. There are currently 7 billion humans alive today, which is twice the amount in 1965(George). The fact growth has been going up at this pace can be stunning and the real question is whether or not our world can sustain the current level of growth. To quote Hardin again, “it is not mathematically possible to maximize two

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