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Population Growth

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‘‘Over consumption and over population underline every evironmental... ...problem we face today‘‘ Jacques Yves Cousteu. population growth If the population continues to increase at its current rate we wont be able to maintain or raise the global standard of living without risking the destruction of the environment. It took hundred of thousand of years for the world population to hit 1 billion. In comparing, it took only 123 more years to reach 2 billion. And nearly 33 years to hit 3 billion. Currently, the world population increases by 1 billion people every 13 years. Every second an average of 4.2 people are born and 1.8 people die. Thats a rate of 2.4 people per second. Today, the population totals almost 7 billion. By 2025 is estimated to reach 8 billion. By 2050, there´ll be 2.5 B more people on earth than today. Thats an increase equal to the entire world population in 1950. “Instead of controlling the environment for the benefit of population maybe... ...we should control population to ensure the survival of our environment“ sir david attenborough With demand for fresh water increases as the population size increases, but there´s only so much fresh water on earth. By 2025 is estimated that more than 1 in 3 people will be affected by water shortages. In more than one out of two developing countries the population has been growing.. ..faster than food supplies. To feed the projected population in 2025, we´d have to double food production over current levels. Even if we´re able to double our food production, it wont come without a cost. Increasing food production creates a chained reaction and ecological disruption. The problems with climate change will only grow worse as population increases. The higher the population, the greater the demand for oil, gas, coal and other fuels that create green house gases. Though the population in developed countries represents a small amount... ..of the world population, they consume fossils fuels much faster than.. ...developing countries. In the USA, each person contributes about 1,644 tons of carbon dioxide. Thats 5 times higher than a person in China. And 91 times more than a person in Bangladesh. Though levels of consumption differ greatly around the world based on economics stats. The higher our population, the higher out total level of consumption. What can WE do? 1.Lower levels on unecessary consumption in developing countries. And 2. find sustainable solutions to meet increasing demand on food, water... ..fuel and other basic resources. Provide universal access to family planning services, contraceptives and information. 3. Empower women, give them access to health care, education and birth control. Give them the right to control the size of their families. Democracy can no survive over population. Human dignity can no survive it. Convenience and decency can no survive. As you put more and more people into the world, the value of life, not only declines, it disappears.

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Duration: 5 minutes and 5 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Kristy Graybill of
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Posted by: tarou on Sep 8, 2010


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