A. As the population of the world grows, as does human’s ability to provide food and other valuable resources through technological advancement for our seemingly perpetual population growth rate. While our technology helps maintain and support billions of people now, our dependence and belief that technology is an indomitable power that human’s have to overcome exponential growth is unreliable. It is integral for our society to find a solution to population growth for the sake of the world, all biological species, and for future generations to come.
The consequences of our world without population control will be detrimental to our environment and to the future. Thankfully, technological innovations have expanded our food supply and average life span, but no population can grow indefinitely, even with those advances. A world without population control, leaving a limitless population to grow rampantly, would create a world wrought with environmental degradation, notably in developing countries, and inadequate food sources for all life on earth. Many would depend on technological modernizations to solve that problem, as it would increase production output of industrialized resources, which causes another morally controversial topic. So we will not go there. Larger resource use will, in turn, generate consumers to augment their already large ecological footprint. Natural resources are being depleted and we our destroying our biological diversity on which evolution thrives as birth rates increase. Lack of population control would also produce a lower quality of life for all. There would be an increase of competition for limited resources provided. More births on Earth could give rise to an increase in death rates because of the declining health conditions from the impact of overpopulation. As one can see, the tremendous environmental impacts due to population growth will be injurious to the state of the world, but finding a common solution for all is not so simple.
B. Discovering a middle ground for population control has many barriers that must be contemplated. Many believe that abortion and contraception is a key factor in solving the solution to population growth, but poor countries do not have access to these methods, which is unfortunate, because developing countries contribute most towards our population. Also, abortion and utilizing contraceptives, like condoms and birth control, are extremely controversial, due to religious and cultural beliefs. Questions like “When does life begin?” and “At what point is a fetus considered a person?” stimulates much debate. The various viewpoints on family differ from culture to culture. The Christian point of view on family planning would promote complete abstinence from sex until marriage-fundamental core values. Roman Catholics believe using contraceptives and abortion would negate God’s plan. In this sexually revolutionized society, the Christian perspective is far from realistic, even with their good intentions at heart. In China, due to their dramatic population increase, have regulated a government-enforced program on family planning. Later marriages, later births, fewer babies, and spacing of children from 4-5 years are strongly encouraged. China has established the most intrusive and extensive family planning and population control program. Families are urged to have only one child. Those who choose to abide by that rule are rewarded. The Chinese government also provides married couples with free contraceptives and abortion. While Chinese program has been successful for them, the program restricts peoples’ self-liberties and freedom, which would not be acceptable for all countries. A perspective on family planning includes the Islamic viewpoint which all forms of birth control are permissible. India’s longstanding family planning program assists India in lowering their population and environmental problems, but has been sadly disappointing due to poor planning, low status of women, extreme poverty, and lack of stronger and more aggressive reinforcement. A program that is strongly enforced by the government is crucial to stabilizing population growth, an area in which India was unsuccessful. In Reform Judaism, the religion does necessarily interact with use of contraception. It is an organic religion with liberal regard to use of birth control allowing individuals to decide for them.
C. Many have noticed population growth progressing exponentially and have decided to find a solution to this worldwide problem. Different solutions to solve this complex puzzle have been formulated. I believe that elevating the status of women would help population growth decline. Women in developing countries who have no education and little access to employment opportunities tend to have more children. Women who are unable to work are confined in poverty and poor health, which contributes to environmental degradation. If countries improved the status of women, women would generally have smaller families as well as the ability to provide better child nutrition and health care for them. A second solution could be by helping other countries develop and implement national population policies. This could eventually expedite developing countries transformation into a postindustrial economy- the ultimate goal. Along with this plan, countries could provide universal access to family planning services. This should help decrease some unplanned pregnancies. Sharply reduced poverty in countries is pivotal to slowly dwindling population growth seeing as how the impoverished countries are ones who contribute most to population growth. Supplying global food security would improve reduction of poverty. Providing universal education for all, especially women would slow population growth and environmental degradation, reduce poverty, and promote human rights and freedom. Not suppressing human rights and supporting equal rights will help achieve these goals as well. Family planning is, of course, always on the table as well as abstinence. Industrializing economies in developing countries will remedy some of the population growth. This would improve poor countries economic situation and improve their families’ quality of life. Industrializing the nations could lower birth rates. The final option to solving this worldwide problem could be in simply educating humans on the detrimental impacts that overpopulation is and will have on the world: global warming, species extinction, and depletion of natural resources which has an affect on all forms of life on Earth. If we do not fix this problem quickly, none of us can live sustainably and the bleak future of the world will be inevitable.
D. I have “A Subsiding Stimulant” as my plan to help solve the population growth problem. Many of the impoverished women have an abundance of children because they rely heavily on the funds they receive per child. I propose that the government stop providing funds for each dependent in a household. The government should also raise the cost of living, which will discourage and deter families from having more children. I believe in abstinence, but I know that is far from realistic in this sexually cultivated society. Even though abstinence is nearly impossible, those who choose to have premarital sexual intercourse irresponsibly should not be rewarded with citizens’ tax dollars for their negligent actions. By increasing the cost of living and terminating funds for households with numerous children, the countries participating in this plan be benefitted economically, leaving their nation in an economic wheel boost. The money that is saved could be more efficiently spent on more important matters such as education. The money could even be utilized to provide funds for a nationwide or universal contraceptive program, a plan that is definitely useful in solving the worlds overpopulation problem. This solution will ultimately benefit the economy, which produces a chain reaction to benefit and save the environment, the future of humans, and overall, all forms of life on Earth.