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[Free Report] Could over population be the back bone of the environmental question?

by SSENYANGE APOLLO | 30-07-2021 22:33 recommendations 0

I have recently been challenged into thinking that over population is/may be the main cause of the world's environmental problems.

While we turn our guns to deforestation, improper disposal of wastes, plastics among others, I feel that we have rather side stepped the cause of all these. And arguably, all these are in one or many ways related to over population. 

Talk about deforestation, the more the population grows, the higher the demand for land for settlement and industrial or commercial projects. This means more cutting down of trees, swam reclamation, encroachment on forests thereby taking away the natural habitat of wild animals. In the end, more carbon dioxide and less oxygen are produced affecting the temperature and rainfall formation. 

The more the population grows, the higher the demand for resources such as food, water and fuel. In efforts to sustain the rising population, more harm than good is done especially in developing countries. Increasing agriculture involving the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides coupled with clearing of forests has undoubtedly contributed to our environmental problems. 

Furthermore, a big population means huge amount of waste, which as observed over the years, is poorly disposed off and ends in oceans. This waste encompasses plastics and electronics which have killed life in water and is now affecting that on land. 

The increased industrial activities of manufacturing and the increasing use of cars due to the growing population pollutes the air, water and soil. Heavy metals, gases released by factories and automobiles, oil spills and combustion of fossils all result from this invisible factor that is less talked about, yet greatly contributing to the environmental problems. 

Human activity further results into emission of greenhouse gases which cause global warming, a phenomenon that increases global temperatures leading to melting of polar ice caps, rising of sea levels, floods and desertification. 

The more human population grows, the more the other species disappear. Human activity has made it inevitable for other species and natural habitats to go extinct. This in turn results into imbalance in natural processes like pollination which just ensures more extinction because it is a threat to ecosystems. 

I am on the thinking that man will regain control of the environment, and earth for that matter, only when he gains control of his own population. The more the population, the less manageable it becomes. I am not writing this article in pretense that I don't know the reality that the human population must grow. I am aware of it, but my argument is that its growth corresponds to the effectiveness of its management. 

Moreover, over population has not only caused environmental problems but ultimately the gist of human suffering. In developing countries for example, it is perturbing how those who have little access to resources (the poor - with all due respect) are instead the ones bearing many children. In my opinion, this is rather uncalled for because these children growing up in untold suffering is preventable. 

I therefore invite you to the round table and think with me whether over population is actually the major cause of the contemporary problems, both environmental and human, and think together about the possible solutions. 

Please leave your thoughts in the comments. 
Photo credit: Owlcation, 4 Effects of Overpopulation and Their Possible Solutions


  • Uganda Former E-gen Ambassador SSENYANGE APOLLO


Yuseon Mentor

  • Yuseon Mentor says :
    Hi Sseyange,

    This is your mentor Yuseon:D

    In many movies, the villain always attempts to mass-murder people in the name of controlling population, and thereby protecting the planet. This certainly has its
    causal relationship between it. However, in the bottom of this problem, lies the main reason that we are just not having enough care for the environment. Losing some population might help slowdown the problem, but it won't be able to solve it!

    Thanks for bringing up something to think about!
    Posted 11-08-2021 20:42

Debbie Mentor

  • Debbie Mentor says :
    Dear Ssenyange,

    This is your mentor Debbie. :)
    Well this is an interesting piece of work! I agree partly with you that overpopulation may be an important cause for environmental problems. But seeing that the developed countries are putting the majority of carbon waste in the Earth, I have to say that greed might be a bigger issue here. Also, what are your thoughts about the solutions to overpopulation of this is a critical cause? I'm curious to hear about this - after all, we can't have a Thanos randomly removing half of the Earth's population...

    Posted 02-08-2021 00:58

Bindu Dhakal

  • Bindu Dhakal says :
    Thank you for your report.
    Posted 31-07-2021 20:55

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Greetings Ssenyange,
    I hope you are doing well!
    Actually, we seek answer from the as many people as there are around for so many problems. However, these overpopulation has indeed become a major problems for the environment catastrophe.
    Thank you so much for your report.
    Keep writing
    Kind regards
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 31-07-2021 04:49

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