The necessity of Population Control
Population control is an idea that has been thrown around world-wide for years. From one and three quarters billion in 1900, the population of the earth has multiplied to more than six billion in 2000, and no end to this growth seems to be in sight. The issue has been discussed due to fear of the world becoming overpopulated. Overpopulation is a hindrance in the path of economic development.
Go to any town or city today and there are the ubiquitous traffic jams, long queues, and crowded shopping areas. In such a crowded environment, it is not surprising to hear of accidents, clashes, and friction between people. Population control is a way in which the rate of population growth is changed, which has been made possible by limiting birth rates. Lack of education and lack of family planning are among the top reasons for the high birth rate.
On the employment scene, jobs are harder and harder to come by. Today there are many unemployed university graduates. A person with just a primary education is practically unemployable, except for the most menial of tasks. The sheer number of people vying for limited jobs has created this difficult situation. The strain on the earth’s resources is unprecedented. If the world becomes overpopulated, the limited amount of resources we have would not be able to support the entirety of the people in need. The land is cleared to build more houses for the masses. Jungles and forests disappear as human beings encroach into them. There is less and less space for natural fauna and flora. The disappearance of our jungles, forests and other natural habitats causes a change in the global climatic conditions.
It will also ensure a better standard of living for people. Living on earth is now a struggle for all but the very rich. Everyone has to work just to get by if they can find work at all. Those who cannot find decent work resort to other means, usually illegal. Crime, organized or otherwise, is a problem in all nations. Both the public and the government require working together to control this problem.
It is projected that the world population would rise to around 9 billion by the year 2050. There is a dire need for the world’s population to be controlled, or at least, maintained at a sustainable level. It is necessary for establishing balance and harmony in the environment. As it is, the population keeps increasing and no effective effort is done to control it. If this continues, the day will come when the old earth can no longer sustain the human population. This means that many or most will die, probably because of nuclear wars that would have broken out in our struggle to survive. While the government has taken certain steps to control the same these are not effective enough. There are many other measures that need to be taken to curb this issue. It will also ensure a better standard of living for people.