Environment Essay

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Environmentally Overpopulated “You really do have to wonder whether a few years from now we’ll look back at the first decade of the 21st century — when food prices spiked, energy prices soared, world population surged, tornados plowed through cities, floods and droughts set records, populations were displaced and governments were threatened by the confluence of it all — and ask ourselves: What were we thinking?”(Friedman 1). In the recent past, the population increase has been alarming. This has posed some challenges in the maintenance of our environment. The true challenge that the human race faces is can we truly survive at the current population growth rate we are experiencing or will we falter. The population growth rate in the twenty first century has been alarming. Mark Lynas states that, “Humans now appropriate 40 per cent of the planet’s organic matter produced by photosynthesis”(Lynas 23) This has resulted in the exploitation of natural resources, which has exposed the world to more danger. Despite this, most of the stakeholders in population issues have not been active enough to sensitize the threat posed to all persons across the globe. According to research conducted by global footprint network, the water necessary to provide the resources we currently use has declined. Taking into consideration the population at hand, and the food and water they consume, great risk is evidence. To be able to handle the problem effectively, the current technologies in recycling have helped a great deal. Despite this, if the population continuously increases, the technology may not be able to sustain future global needs. Jared Diamond says “Another popular misconception is that we can trust in technology to solve our problems” (Diamond 363). Currently, various cities around the globe are experiencing water shortages, which were not experienced in the past. On the other

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