Petition to Stop Overpopulation—The main threat to humanity and to the Earth

Petition to Stop Overpopulation—The main threat to humanity and to the Earth

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Simon Espino started this petition to Duterte and

Overpopulation is now one of the world’s biggest issue that has been debated over time. Our current population is reaching unsustainable levels and continues to adhere to certain factors that worsen the state of wealth which are food, water and fuel shortage. Massive numbers continue to rise up it affects the ethical use of natural resources and proper distribution of packed goods in most of the countries. If not solve urgently, numerous problems would arise that will be the threat to Earth.

This year’s population (2018-2019) is growing at an estimated rate of 1.07% per year (from 1.09% in 2018, 1.12% in 2017 and 1.14% in 2016). The approximate value of growth increase is at 82 million people per year. Our current number stands at around 7 billion and is predicted to rise to more than 9 billion by 2050. We can’t ignore the fact that the annual growth in the next years/centuries will still rise up but will be at a slower phase that in the past. About one in every three people alive today is under the age of 20 while the population has doubled for the past 40years from 1960 (3 billion) to 1999 (6 billion). And it is expected that it will gain another 50% in the next 4 decades. In China, it was reported that they had a food crisis that resulted in the starvation of almost 20 million residents. Many have suffered from hunger and they should have realized about considering the balance of human numbers and use of resources.

We all know that all things in great amounts have their own consequences. What are the possible effects due to overpopulation?

  • Natural Resource Depletion- fossil fuel is important and historical in nature but having it to be used in titanic amount will result in the emission of Greenhouse Gases that are harmful to the environment.


  • Loss of Biodiversity- as the population increases, we need more and more space to occupy for facilities, shelters and others which will take countless habitats and great destruction to wildlife that will lead to chaotic events. Balance in numbers and utilization should be considered.


  • Improper Waste Disposal- segregation is one thing if we can't do it properly right now then how can we manage to secure the future's safety when most people can't discipline themselves in dumping their waste. It will lead to pollution of landmasses and other water bodies.


  • Ozone Layer Depletion- ozone layer protects us direct contact from UV Rays and that is why it is necessary for it to be preserved. Continuous growth in population will result in climate change and global warming and too much GHG will have a big impact on our lives.

The philosophical view that correlates to this issue are social ecology, climate justice, environmental justice and environmental aesthetics. Climate justice because it has something to do with stopping an issue that will promote a safe environment and aims to lessen the effects of climate change and global warming. In terms of social ecology, it analyzes the problems on how we can improve and change as a community. While Environmental justice adheres to involving the government to pass down laws that will help to stop overpopulation also, preventing large pollution in air, land and water. Lastly, Environmental aesthetics concern with balancing the numbers and maintaining the utilization of natural resources which are crucial for mankind.

If this petition is avowed(merits):

  • No water, food and fuel shortage will happen oftentimes.
  • Proper utilization of natural resources
  • 4 Major spheres won't be greatly affected
  • We won't have to find another planet to live
  • An organized and safe environment conducive to learning
  • Preserve forests, water bodies and other landmasses
  • Disciplined and productive people
  • Equal distribution of resources
  • Contribute to economic growth

The possible solutions that we can tend to maintain balance in numbers are we can use contraceptives, be knowledgeable about family planning, educating and helping others about this kind of issue or present a petition to your government that concerns with birth control or pass down laws about having a maximum number of children. There are possible remedies for this kind of issue and if we want to have changed, we need to change ourselves too and fight for what's right.

"The more, the merrier" as they said but, how can we say that it is merrier if we encounter horrible problems as the process goes. Professor Guillebaud said. "Unless we reduce the human population humanely through family planning, nature will do it for us through violence, epidemics or starvation." We need to have more wisdom about the differences between "Quality of Life" and "Quantity of Life" on a planet with limited resources.




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