Persuasive Essay on Overpopulation

901 Words Mar 2nd, 2005 4 Pages
There are approximately 6 billion people on our planet now and by 2050 that number is expected to jump to 9 billion people. (http://www.prb.org/datafind/datafinder5.htm) Picture yourself driving down a crowded street or stuck in a traffic jam, have you ever wondered how it is possible for that many people to live all on the same planet. I have had those thoughts several times and believe that overpopulation is one of the biggest problems in the world today. Overpopulation has become a major crisis in the twenty-first century and it's detrimental affect on our living standards, environment, and much needed resources. The problem is not the number of people in this world, but the way people choose to live. The dilemmas created by …show more content…
The increase in people means having to increase the amounts of food, water and shelter required to fulfill our human needs. The problem is there is only so much land left on this planet that we can use for food production and home building. Who decides what is more important? The amount of available land is decreasing just as fast as the need for these resources is increasing which creates a tremendous imbalance. What happens when we run out of land? Think about this the next time you throw a piece of food away or buy a bottle of water from the store. Food and water are necessities and if we use them all up now, what will be left for our future generations? Will they be able to survive and for how long?
There are many ways to go about controlling the population in the world. The most success way to do so cannot be done without the participation and dedication from each and everyone of you. We are already suffering from a lack of resources and it has caused issues such as hunger, war, crime, and several other problems that are unhealthy or harmful to the environment and our way of life. We must learn to be more conservative with our resources because the complications of these complex issues are unlimited and possibly irreversible.

References:

The Population Reference Bureau site provided this fact about the population (http://www.prb.org/datafind/datafinder5.htm)

The World Overpopulation

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