Scientists, economists and environmentalists are all seriously concerned about the explosion in the earth’s human population. With every new birth, there is a detrimental impact on the earth and on the standard of living of others. Economists worry about the depletion of natural resources, while environmentalists are concerned about the impact on climate change, over-industrialization and pollution.
Climate change is already threatening thousands of natural habitats with the melting of the ice caps and ocean acidification, in addition to terrorizing developing countries with a range of natural disasters such as droughts, floods and hurricanes. With every new human on this planet, our yearly output of carbon dioxide increases, accelerating the damage to our planet and bringing us closer to a global catastrophe.
Natural resources are also being depleted at an alarming rate. Many species of fish are rapidly going extinct due do overfishing, while deforestation continues to shrink global forest cover, and the amount of habitable land is rapidly diminishing as humans continue to relentlessly industrialize.
The global population currently sits at over seven billion people, and global population growth is only accelerating. The United Nations predicts that if we do not intervene, global population will increase to an alarming eleven billion people by 2100! The impact this number of people will have on the planet would be so calamitous that the earth may not be able to sustain subsequent generations. We must act now with bold and decisive social policy, such as one child policies and financial penalties for families. If we fail to do something soon, there may no longer be a planet to save, and there will be nothing for our children to inherit, however many we have.