Wednesday, April 6, 2016


Human overpopulation is one of the most pressing environmental issues around the world. Overpopulation is a condition where the number of existing human populations exceeds the carrying capacity of the earth. Each year the human population continues to increase at a rapid pace. This is caused by a number of different factors. The biggest cause of overpopulation is due to the lack of family planning. Many developing nations have large numbers of people who are illiterate, live below the poverty line, and have little or no knowledge about family planning. The number of teen pregnancies have increased throughout the years which has created an increase in birthrate. In order to stabilize the growth of the human population, the birthrate needs to equal the death rate. Over the years, the birthrate has increased and the death rate has decreased.

Overpopulation is causing major problems around the world. One of the biggest issues is the depletion of natural resources. The Earth is only able to produce a certain amount of food and water. The human population is continuing to grow but the natural resources are not. The more people there are the less resources there will be and eventually the Earth will not be able to produce enough for everyone. Over the last 50 years there has been an increase in environmental damage. People are cutting down forests, hunting wildlife in a reckless manner, and creating pollutions. Overpopulation has also caused a rise in unemployment. The more people there are the less available jobs there will be. Rise in unemployment causes a rise in crime rates. People will steal various items to feed their families and provide them with the basic amenities of life.

There's a number of things people can do to help make a difference. A better education on the topic can help make people aware of the problems that overpopulation is creating. If more people are aware of the dangers that overpopulation has caused then they can help to preserve natural resources so the Earth does not eventually run out. There needs to be an increase in the knowledge of sex education. If more teenagers are educated on these issues then hopefully it can help prevent any unwanted pregnancies. In order to save the Earth and the environment from overpopulation, people need to become more aware of the dangers it is causing and the birthrate needs to decrease.

Rebecca Thomas (3)


  1. It's important to educate people on family planning, especially in areas in the world that don't have as much access to this education as more developed countries. Family planning can help reduce the birthrate and the overpopulation on Earth. This was a very interesting article.

    Emily Mueller (Group 2)

    1. I completely agree. If more people were educated on this topic then they can help to reduce the birthrate. The ecosystems could stop getting destroyed and Earth wouldn't be so overpopulated.

      Rebecca Thomas

  2. Often informing people about the risk factors of a particular topic does not guarantee they will adjust their own lifestyle to accomodate the greater population. I think we may have to approach this at a micro level - and show how eventually it affects each person's family. Over population may lead to lack of government funding for education. If we let them know that after a household reaches a particular number - then they will have to pay for private education. I think they will adjust themselves once they believe that it directly affects them.