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Over-Population: The Most Serious Environmental Problem for Science

 

It would be difficult to drive down any popular street in this country without seeing some new development. Whether it is a new subdivision of McMansions, or a new strip mall, it seems just about every farmer’s fields are growing smaller to make more room for supermarkets, fast food chains, or housing developments. It begs the question: how are we going to get the food to fill all these new supermarkets if the fields keep getting smaller? It seems we are running out of room on this planet of ours, and before we know it, we will be at maximum carrying capacity for the Earth.

Probably the most serious of environmental problems we face as humans is overpopulation. People are in the frame of mind that if we run out of room in one town, we can just simply spread out more. We can move people into areas that are less populated, and we can continue to reproduce and expand at an alarming rate. What most people don’t understand when they continue to build more stores and houses is that we are quickly running out of the natural resources necessary to sustain the population we have right now. We rely on and defer to our scientists or our politicians.

Fresh Water and Overpopulation

Fresh water is one of the biggest concerns with overpopulation, and this poses a huge environmental threat. The government sustains the rights to fresh water, whether it is from melting snow pack in the mountains or a freshwater lake. Different cities have what is known as “water rights” from a certain mountain area’s snowmelt, or certain freshwater lakes and streams. There are more people consuming water, however, than being replaced and the result is that we now have dried up lake beds which create dust particles. These dust particles are then polluting the environment and the air we breathe. So, not only is there not enough fresh water for the current population to drink, but the air is getting polluted with dust particles that contribute to health problems.

Biodiversity

Another problem we face is the lack of biodiversity. As the population grows, there is more demand for certain plants: trees for paper, food, plant fibers for clothing, etc. We thought the solution was to simply re-plant whatever we consume. This has led to problems, however, in biodiversity. Because many of the plants and crops we sow are of the same age and genetic makeup, they are more susceptible to problems from disease and pests. Plants which may have had slightly different genetic makeup may have had a small impact on loss due to disease, but when they are all from the same genetic strain we face the issue of total annhilation of a particular crop. The greater the population, however, the greater the demand for certain crops, meaning less biodiversity.

Landfills

For decades, many landfill managers have been emphasizing just how quickly they are running out of space. The more people there are on the planet, the more waste is being produced. Some of this waste is quite toxic, and even landfills which are double-lined are finding that some toxic substances are leaching into the soil and the groundwater supply. This poses even more of a risk to our freshwater supply, and can contribute to the decimation of many species sharing the earth today.

 

One of the biggest environmental problems we face today is overpopulation. The current population will continue to use the Earth’s resources, decimating the land and wreaking havoc on the natural biodiversity of the Earth. Not only are we draining the Earth’s freshwater supplies, we are eradicating many species of plant life, as well as completely filling landfills with toxic waste. We are expanding at such a rapid rate that farmers (whose fields are getting smaller) cannot maintain enough crops to feed the population we currently have. There simply aren’t enough resources on this Earth to continue to sustain overpopulation. We either wait for science to discover, create or work out how to solve these problems while we continue to self-destruct, or we take the matter into our own hands and make a significant impact where we can — by having fewer children and therefore reducing our numbers fast.




50 comments
  1. Manne Hedlund

    If we are running out of room on this planet to grow crops and livestock, why worry. Just become vegan. If we ate plants directly, instead of feeding the animals all the food, that could’ve been used to feed the world, we wouldn’t been in this situation. 80 % of all agriculture is involved in the animal agriculture alone in order to feed livestock. You simply can’t be an environmentalist and still eat meat. Our species is destroying the world for all species, because of our greed not to give up meat.
    Be vegan!

  2. Liz

    Woho! Bravo on this article! It just proved my point. Ive been telling others but they keep saying excuses like “what if this child makes a huge impact or creates smthng better.” Thats not the point! There are too many blobs born each day it wouldnt make a difference! But fish smelling idiots attack me & decide to bring a blob that’ll be soaked in saliva by fish smelling armpit sucking idiots. Ewww

    1. Grackle_for_hire

      Clearly you have an armpit fetish. It shows as most of your inane and childish insults are armpit oriented. You also seem to suffer some sort of mental instability. Maybe you should go to see a psychiatrist so they can figure out whats wrong with your feeble brain?

  3. Alec Sevins

    The global economy is predicated on population growth, “emerging markets” and the constant repayment of fiat money debt. The modern way of life is anti-sustainability while trotting out green slogans. Those who get it need to speak up much louder.

  4. Sean

    You guys are missing the point. Its ok to have kids just do it in moderation and have it planned. We do need new people on the earth to keep things going but we also don’t want to overpopulate.

  5. Sean

    You guys are missing the point. Its ok to have kids just do it in moderation and have it planned. We do need new people on the earth to keep things going but we also don’t want to overpopulate.

  6. Angan

    I would like to say it is good to know that you guys are not planning to bring any child to this world. However, i want to add that if you adopt a poor child and become foster parents it will help in both ways… as in a poor kid who does not have food, clothes or shelter will get those things and you will get the love of a child and the population will also not increase and thereby remain the same… Specially from poor countries in Africa and Asia… Please think about it, people…

  7. Angan

    I would like to say it is good to know that you guys are not planning to bring any child to this world. However, i want to add that if you adopt a poor child and become foster parents it will help in both ways… as in a poor kid who does not have food, clothes or shelter will get those things and you will get the love of a child and the population will also not increase and thereby remain the same… Specially from poor countries in Africa and Asia… Please think about it, people…

  8. Ajah

    I don’t want to bring up kids in this environment either. But for every one of us who sustains on procreating, there will be 9 people who have 13 kids and loose morals..
    I think we would be a better benefit to have one or 2 genuinely good children who are made aware of these environmental circumstances, and are taught good morals and to keep fighting the good fight. To
    Whether from obesity, disease, or war, the united states will find away to thin out the population somehow.. Its just our responsibility to create the next generation of proper citizens, not lazy moochers..

  9. Ajah

    I don’t want to bring up kids in this environment either. But for every one of us who sustains on procreating, there will be 9 people who have 13 kids and loose morals..
    I think we would be a better benefit to have one or 2 genuinely good children who are made aware of these environmental circumstances, and are taught good morals and to keep fighting the good fight. To
    Whether from obesity, disease, or war, the united states will find away to thin out the population somehow.. Its just our responsibility to create the next generation of proper citizens, not lazy moochers..

  10. Ajah

    I don’t want to being up kids in this environment either. But for every one of us who sustains on procreating, there will be 9 people who have 13 kids and loose morals..
    I think out would be a better benefit to have one or 2 genuinely good children who are made aware of these environmental circumstances, and are taught good morals and to keep fighting the good fight. To
    Whether from obesity, disease, or war, the united states will find away to thin out the population somehow.. Its just our responsibility to create the next generation of proper citizens, not lazy moochers..

  11. Ajah

    I don’t want to being up kids in this environment either. But for every one of us who sustains on procreating, there will be 9 people who have 13 kids and loose morals..
    I think out would be a better benefit to have one or 2 genuinely good children who are made aware of these environmental circumstances, and are taught good morals and to keep fighting the good fight. To
    Whether from obesity, disease, or war, the united states will find away to thin out the population somehow.. Its just our responsibility to create the next generation of proper citizens, not lazy moochers..

  12. Ricardo

    I have decided to not bring any child to this world, It would be very selfish of my own to have a kid with current state of the world, meanwhile I try to get involved in many activities like yoga, videogames, Tv and going to the movies to keep my sexual desires away, it’s a hard thing to do being a man but I know that it is the best for humanity.

    1. John Goatbirth

      Likewise. I’m not having kids – it’s a shame hundreds of millions of others will simply ignore this. Future generations are in for a rough time – I just hope they look back and realise some people did actively try to help humanity.

      1. Dylan

        Humanity cannot be helped without humans. There will be no future generations without the production from this generation. I agree tough times might be ahead but in no means are we doomed. Trust this world.

        1. John Goatbirth

          Dinosaurs roamed the Earth for around 150 million years. In around 10,000 humans have devastated the planet, particularly in the last 50 years only. It looks set to get much worse. I don’t trust humans. Trusting this world won’t do anything, either.

    2. Dylan

      Is there anything more beautiful than bringing a life into this world? A life that is a product of youself. Sure the world is on a difficult path but trust it. Trust this world and trust youself that you can be the perfect parent for your beautiful child. Regardless of your beliefs, you cannot deny there is happiness in this world despite the evils within it. You can bring happiness to a life that you created. You don’t need to have children by any means but don’t avoid starting a family because you fear this world. It is always better to have life than to have never lived at all.

      1. anon

        It’s not about good or evil, it’s about overpopulation. But maybe you have an interesting point. If people weren’t so infatuated with bringing life into this world, maybe we could focus on maintaining what we have for ourselves and for future generations. It’s not about fear either, it’s about sustaining. Did you even read the article? You’re part of the problem, overwhelming denial about what our actions produce.

    3. Grackle_for_hire

      What a strange thing to do.. And what of other people? Do they share your boggling altruism when it comes to their own? People like you are responsible and obviously care for the earth and her life forms. Shouldn’t you procreate to educate your young to be responsible stewards of our magnificent world?

      I plan to have 4 children. All will be raised to understand their impact. All will be educated to be responsible and minimize waste. People from the third world do not share your beliefs. They throw trash everywhere. They ravage the countryside and move to the next green space. They live for today, and care not for tomorrow. They breed like a virus. People like you and I should have children so that someone can combat this with education and understanding, help the earth and provide the next generation of scientists, engineers and problem solvers. Understand that if people like us do not breed, then our thoughts and our concerns will fade from this world.

      Have kids. Raise them to be thoughtful, courageous, and respectful of the Earth and her bounty. If you dont, then more light will go out and the world will suffer under darkness, disease and dysfunction.

      1. Liz

        Seriously? Excuses? EDUCATE ADULTS WHY NOT EDUCATE ADULTS NOW! Start a class & let pple who already are here to attend. Why the need to bring more blobs? You read the article yet you keep being an ignorant. You missed something? Its pple like you that wont stop breeding. Do you have 1000% guarantee your off sorings will go in the path YOU wabnt them too? What if they refuse? At the end, dont complain … Nature will strike back triple times.. Too dumb to understand

          1. Liz

            Ok? Why you’re telling me? You want me to be glad for you? You’re crazy old hag. I know some hairy armpit smelling hags like you want me to get mad.
            Get your idiocy out on your waste of space. Better yet- dont fart her out. Cant imagine the squid smell!
            Seems like you just came here cuz you’re thirsty for lashing out on pple. Like i said, take it out on your devil- not at me 😷

          2. Grackle_for_hire

            Im a man… I have a high IQ as does my wife. Low IQ trash like you should get a bottle of bleach and drink it.

        1. Grackle_for_hire

          Please end your own life, you are the worst piece of human filth. You know nothing. Like a fly on the wall waiting to be smacked down.

          1. Random Dude

            they say that the usa’s population will increase by 44% b4 2050
            So you are probably not the only one

      2. Liz

        So ignorant of you to say that. Bravo on your idiocy!
        Keep breeding so the new generation will be more responsible? What? Do you have brain tumor?
        “All will be educated & to minimize waste.” O.o
        What? That “minimize waste” turns into a huge landfil through yrs! Almost same as any person. Sounds like you just want your pleasures- or hubs does. Thats why theres sluts- for men like hubs to sleep around w/.
        If you truly cared about the earth, you wouldnt be spreading your useless roach eggs.
        Education of pple already here is the best approach hairy armpit-smelly hag.

        1. Grackle_for_hire

          I’m a man retard. You are the one who shouldn’t breed. Its to bad your inbred and inept parents didn’t sterilize themselves. Imagine.. If they would have we wouldn’t be having this conversation. Go share more used needles with the homeless guy you live with under the overpass. Also please dump your computer in the trash.

  13. Ricardo

    I have decided to not bring any child to this world, It would be very selfish of my own to have a kid with current state of the world, meanwhile I try to get involved in many activities like yoga, videogames, Tv and going to the movies to keep my sexual desires away, it’s a hard thing to do being a man but I know that it is the best for humanity.

    1. John Goatbirth

      Likewise. I’m not having kids – it’s a shame hundreds of millions of others will simply ignore this. Future generations are in for a rough time – I just hope they look back and realise some people did actively try to help humanity.

      1. Dylan

        Humanity cannot be helped without humans. There will be no future generations without the production from this generation. I agree tough times might be ahead but in no means are we doomed. Trust this world.

        1. John Goatbirth

          Dinosaurs roamed the Earth for around 150 million years. In around 10,000 humans have devastated the planet, particularly in the last 50 years only. It looks set to get much worse. I don’t trust humans. Trusting this world won’t do anything, either.

    2. Dylan

      Is there anything more beautiful than bringing a life into this world? A life that is a product of youself. Sure the world is on a difficult path but trust it. Trust this world and trust youself that you can be the perfect parent for your beautiful child. Regardless of your beliefs, you cannot deny there is happiness in this world despite the evils within it. You can bring happiness to a life that you created. You don’t need to have children by any means but don’t avoid starting a family because you fear this world. It is always better to have life than to have never lived at all.

  14. Albastru

    Finally! An article that speaks the truth! No wonder there are only 3 comments! Try to find any other article that speaks about how can we have more children and then find a way to feed them all and you suddenly have 100 comments about the wonders that children bring and how can send more money towards all these people who have children and don’t have enough money to feed them.
    Anyway, for the 3 people who put comments here, I think you should check this out: http://www.vhemt.org. You are not alone.
    And also there is a short clip that explains everything without using any words. on YouTube called “The stork is a bird of war”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-0vnRmej0Q
    Regards,

  15. Jim C.

    I’d say that overpopulation-denial is as bad as overpopulation itself. Many modern people live in a detached fantasy world with only a passing awareness of nature and its limits. They are mindless takers above all else.

    Just look at the mindless optimism of American TV advertising vs. the problems facing much of the world. Smug people counting their money, etc. The public is bombarded with ads to make them consume MORE, when the trend should be the opposite. The whole economy thrives on people buying more stuff made by more people, and so on.

    It’s an insane treadmill that’s seen as perfectly rational by the drooling masses. Apathy and material gluttony are running amok, and all you hear about is “growing the economy” as if nothing else matters.

    1. overpopulation

      With a cancer rate of 44% and rising, and sistemic insecticides imidacloprid all around overpopulation will be fixed one way or another.

      We have let poorest countries to grow people on our resources, when our countries where already finding a balance. Huge mistake.

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