This is an incredibly touchy subject, and to be honest, I don’t know the answer. In fact, I don’t even know how I feel about it either way. There are of course people on both sides of this argument, using arguments that I can both agree with and completely despise.
On one hand, some say that there could just too many people on the planet as evidenced by the amount of people who are starving and dying every day that should be taken care of. Add in the overcrowded cities around the world that are contributing to terrible pollution and other environmental issues, and we can see the problems that trying to support this many people on the planet could be leading us down a slippery slope. The world population is currently growing by approximately 74 million people per year, which is no small number. Spend some time in any big city, and you sit in traffic, breathe the bad air, and watch the garbage trucks full of trash operating 24 hours a day. Population size and growth certainly do play into any environmental concerns one may have. On the other hand…
Who is one person to tell another person how many children to have? There are people who say that having as many children as you want is a right, and that we can always adapt our food policies to feed the hungry if we really wanted to. That next child being born could cure cancer, solve the global warming crisis, or become a great leader. The problem with this argument, from my standpoint, is that the majority of people having multiple babies are in third world countries, where these children barely have a chance at learning to read, never mind becoming a world leader. The people having fewer children seem to be more educated and more aware of the problems we are facing. So…is it good that these people have fewer children to offset the growth in those other countries? Or are we limiting our childrens’ potential to do more because we are having fewer of them?
I just don’t know. I do know that the more people there are, the more fossil fuels we use, the more pollution gets emitted, the more land gets used and abused, the more plastic crap we have to make to sell to everyone, and the more companies like Monsanto can try to genetically engineer our food, using this population as an excuse to do so. For the most part, I feel like a little population control would do us some good, but how could anyone do that in a fair manner? They couldn’t – and that’s how I see the situation. It’s like Americans buying the biggest cars on the planet while telling everyone in China and India that they should not be buying and using more cars every year. Where do we get off thinking we can do so? The same goes for population control. Who gets to make that decision? And is it a moral issue?
What do you guys think? I would really love to learn more about what you all think about this, and what you think the solution could be if there were one to be had. Let me know in the comments, and I hope we can have a decent, sane discussion about it.