The human population is increasing at an alarming exponential rate. Especially in developing nations, the human population is putting too much pressure on the environment and the natural resources associated with the environment. For example, in
, the increasing population puts stress on the forests, contributing to deforestation and erosion of soil. In Mark Hertzgaard's book,
, the human population problem is told in terms of the environment.
we think of the world in terms of cause and effect, humans must realize that for every action, there is a consequence. In the example of India and Brazil, the old traditions of having women bear children at a rate of every two years
has a significant impact on the global environment. As human population expands, land and water resources will not, but that does not mean humans cannot use their resources more wisely and efficiently. In Urucara, high birth rates are prevalent, and Brazil
's population is growing by two percent a year. There is no surprise that the Brazilian population of 160 million and counting
is affecting the landscape. When I think of all the agriculture needed to accommodate hundreds of millions of people in such a concentrated area, I literally cringe. Besides that, the thought of the logging and infrastructure built to make room for a growing population is even more alarming. The rate of consumption is staggering; we are using our resources faster than they can be replenished. The amount of cattle that is raised to meet the demands of the economic and hunger satisfaction accounts for a significant percentage of virgin rainforest that is burned and cleared for feedlots and other agricultural practices. To solve the population issue is to go to the branching problems that are affected by the main source, which is, of course, a human.
reading this chapter about human population as a factor for environmental degradation, I cannot help but recall what I learned about Easter Island
. The people of Easter Island
went through all of their natural resources too quickly before the resources such as trees could replenish themselves, which is a violation of Principle One: Use natural resources so that they can replenish their resources and thus be of use for future generations. Unfortunately for the inhabitants of this island, the results of their abuse of the resources were disastrous: the population was wiped out by its own hand. Maybe we should look back on what happened in Easter Island
so that history does not repeat itself. I am not saying humanity will wipe itself out and everyone will die. I am simply stating a fact that humans are about to enter overshoot, which means we are putting too much stress on Earth by our burgeoning population.
human population problem must be addressed in a timely manner in order to secure a bright future for the planet and humans as a whole. Different cultures should be educated as to how high birth rates can be controlled, thus slowly reducing the population in certain areas such as Brazil
. The global environment can only sustain so many people, and by overburdening Earth, we are jeopardizing the future health of the planet.