Over population

Megan Lynn Mullins, Feature Writer

The earth currently contains around 7 billion people. Overpopulation seems to be the elephant in the room when discussing the earth’s natural resources and current status. It is said to be the single biggest threat to earth. The world is not expanding but the human population continues to grow at a rapid pace. With the rapid growth and the depleting sources of land that also means that there is a depleting amount of resources such as water, food and energy. Yet the number of people currently living may not be the true problem instead it may be the issue of one’s need for material items and excessive amounts of food and other resources.
BBC news source David Satterthwaite, a senior fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development in London said “It is not the number of people on the planet that is the issue – but the number of consumers and the scale and nature of their consumption.” He continues with a quote from Ghandi “ The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed”.
The population is predicted to grow to 9.7 billion by 2050 and 11 billion by 2100. The rapid growth of the population makes it almost impossible for scientists to determine the negative outcomes and other possible outcomes.
One large fear factor of the growing population is the level of emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases .BBC news source David Satterthwaite, a senior fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development in London said “We know of cities in low-income nations that emit less than one tonne CO2-equivalent per person per year,” says Satterthwaite. “Cities in high-income nations [can] have six to 30 tonnes CO2-equivalent per person per year.”

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