OVERPOPULATION? EH, WHAT’S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN…
When it began, we were not ready. There were warning signs of course, but the human race was never good at listening.
Billions of the poor were already hungry, thirsty, and in danger every day. Illness and death ran rampant – all while the rich consumed and hoarded all the wealth for themselves. But even a shield of stuff and technology could not protect us, rich or poor.
But it wasn’t just the greed that damned us, not really. It was the sex… The craze to go out and have as many children as possible. We grew way too much, and were stuck on this world; a planet so tiny it could never supply what we demanded of it.
The human race was too high, too mighty… It only made sense that we would fall. Hard.
Rich and poor alike soon ran out of enough food and water to survive. Coastlines shrank as the earth grew hotter, and we ran out of enough land to live on. Then even air grew too toxic, and even breathing became scarce
It was all gone, we consumed it all. The human species grew too fat, so we ate ourselves, and the world, to death.
NATURES LIFE LESSONS
Imagine a forest, full of plants, trees, and a different animal species. This bountiful community relies on one another for life, according to the food chain. Each animal has to go out and find food stuff in order to not be hungry. But the forest only has a certain amount of support to give. Often, one animal will have to fight with others over that same food to survive. If it cannot compete, it will starve. But if the animal survives, they have a chance to do what all animals are programmed to do: make babies.
Now this is where it gets interesting. Every animal’s biology wants them to reproduce as many babies as possible to continue their genetic line, according to Darwinian Theory. That means that each generation of a species gets bigger, and therefore need more life-supporting goods from our forest. However, the forest doesn’t grow that fast, so this huge population is trying to survive off the same amount of resources as their forefathers. But there isn’t as much to go around anymore. Many of them will starve, die, and then over time strike a balance between their population and food accessibility. Then their numbers will level off to that perfect number. That growth pattern looks something similar to this:
OKAY, BUT CAN’T APPLY TO HUMANS… RIGHT?
There are groups out there who say that humans are very much an exception to this pattern. We have this great thing called technology that other species lack. This technology has allowed for our species to overcome all the limits of our environment, and it will continue to help us defy nature in the future.
But theres no way that could happen. Not with our consumption rates.
It is true that our science has helped us supersede most natural limitations. Agriculture, industry, and other inventive revolutions have made it possible for the human race to separate itself from nature’s support. We have conquered even sickness, as our advanced medical field has cured numerous fatal diseases, making survival in this cruel world much easier. We have thrived more than any other species ever, according to our geologic records.
And while those advancements have been great, they have also been slow coming, and have taken centuries to develop. Our modern world is struggling to consume enough energy, land, and water to support our population of 7 billion. And while our infrastructure is left in the dirt, our numbers continue to fatten at a rate of about 80 million extra people a year.
Now here’s the shocking part: the maximum human population the earth can sustain with our creature comforts is only 2 billion people 
See what I mean about the math now?
OH MAN, WE’RE SO DEAD… RIGHT?
Unfortunately, such severe overpopulation has some terrible consequences- effects that would put us in a very similar situation as the story above if left alone. Even today, the result of our massive overpopulation has led to our most dire problems in humankind. The problems extend to many aspects of life, including education, economics, and environmental spectrum. And the more the population grows, the worse the problems get.
First world countries are especially troublesome in the overpopulation issue. Although developed countries only make up less than 20% of the world’s population, we easily consume a majority of fuels and other sorts of energy. Our nations also create almost all the global pollutants and trash, and hoard a most of the global wealth. We top dogs have kept so much from the miserable, less developed peoples.
Overpopulation effects first world nations internally as well, causing issues like poor wealth distribution, starvation, and water scarcity for the less fortunate citizens. With our projected population numbers and extremely limited resources, many of us are likely to die, even us top dogs in the first world communities.
WELL THAT DOESN’T SOUND GOOD… SO HOW DO WE FIX IT?
Right now, overpopulation is not a very popular subject with mainstream media outlets, especially concerning the population problem in first world countries. If people know about it, recognize its a problem, and practice effective family planning, the problem would be dramatically reduced.
My objective for my future blog posts will be to analyze how media has been covering the population growth problem, mainly in the most wealthy countries in the world. By looking at the ever-powerful prestige press, I can determine if the the agenda setting, framing, and scientific coverage methods sufficiently present the horror of overpopulation.
I honestly believe that overpopulation is the biggest threat to the human race and the world today… But I also believe in the our species. I believe that once we are educated, once we all unanimously understand, we can reverse the trends in current population growth. By solving the overpopulation threat, we as a species will be able to once again coexist harmoniously with the natural world, and move closer to that perfect, utopian society.