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How to stop over population?How to stop over population?

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dut | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted February 11, 2009 at 12:43 PM via web

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How to stop over population?

How to stop over population?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 12, 2009 at 8:24 AM (Answer #2)

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Well, we could always put a limit on the number of children every family can have.  That means no septuplets and octuplets when there are hundreds of children in orphanages who would love to be given a clean, loving, stable home.

 

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted February 12, 2009 at 4:41 PM (Answer #3)

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Every country that has industrialized has had their birthrate level off, then fall.  The two most populous countries in the world now, China and India, are in the process of industrializing.  The quicker the more established industrialized nations can foster industrialization within these countries through trade, the quicker their birthrates will decrease and level off.  Repressive laws, such as restricting the number of children or forcing involuntary sterilization, will do little to solve the problem and create new problems of their own.

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dbello | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted February 12, 2009 at 7:48 PM (Answer #4)

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Every country that has industrialized has had their birthrate level off, then fall.  The two most populous countries in the world now, China and India, are in the process of industrializing.  The quicker the more established industrialized nations can foster industrialization within these countries through trade, the quicker their birthrates will decrease and level off.  Repressive laws, such as restricting the number of children or forcing involuntary sterilization, will do little to solve the problem and create new problems of their own.

Excellent points !!! and just to add, it will be interesting to see how China and India deal with their current populations if and when they become fully industrialized. China has such a horrible human rights history and India is constantly mired in bureaucratic red tape, it would be unfortunate if they are unable to reconcile these old but still serious national flaws on the eve of the new economic age that both currently face.

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted February 12, 2009 at 8:20 PM (Answer #5)

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Trade is the answer. They're going to have to evolve, or remain as Backward Nations with the Bomb (which is scary enough!) Consider the lead paint issue with toys in China.  Once we protested, they changed production methods, because they weren't going to lose the US toy market!  What toy standards that may have been acceptable for Chinese kids  weren't for American kids.  How long will it be before Chinese parents demand the same higher standard for their kids as Western parents demand? This is but one example, but increased trade creates conditions where the Chinese and Indian standard of living must rise. If they're going to play nice with the rest of the world, if they're going to compete in the world market, these countries have to change; among the result of these changes (and the most important) will be the reduction of birthrate.

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afi80fl | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted February 17, 2009 at 5:55 PM (Answer #6)

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I like what's being said so far; industrialization is what seems to level off the birth rates.  As nations evolve, so does their tendancy to have fewer children, and better provide for the ones they already have. 

One of the things that Mother Theresa and her Sisters did in India was introduce ways for women to determine their menstrual cycle, and periods of ovulation.  This natural, non-contraceptive means of birth control was still in line with the Church's stance against aborticides and other forms of bc, yet still allowed women to make a conscious decision about when to risk getting pregnant.

In other countries, such as Russia, the introduction of condoms and bc pills has also helped to cut down the number of births dramatically.  It's all about education, it seems, as well as having some available options for choosing WHEN to become pregnant.

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted February 17, 2009 at 6:41 PM (Answer #7)

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In reply to #6 -- your comments feed into yet another point -- with industrialization and a rising standard of living (which includes better nutrition, pre and post natal care) women do not have to spend their lives as baby factories and most likely die in the process, as they have for most of human history; they are then able to procreate, and additionally be active within the culture.  Once able to join the men in worldly as opposed to soley domestic activities,  the standard of living rate increases manifoldly, because then both sets of humanity are more fully functioning and working on improving the culture in whatever field of endeavor they choose, and everybody benefits. Women can be used for their brains and not just their bodies. In several decades, when the world is mostly industrialized, the population will fall as dramatically as it has risen these last 150 years, and will level out to optimum, with the standard of living high for everyone.

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bdot | Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 18, 2009 at 7:54 PM (Answer #8)

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I think it's important first to determine or define what exactly is meant by "over population."  If a nation has billions and billions of people but has the resources, labor force and trade capacity to meet its needs, there is no such thing as "over population."

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jillyfish | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted February 26, 2009 at 4:59 AM (Answer #9)

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But the industrialisation of India and China will destroy the environment. So the future reduction in population will be negated by the loss of habitable areas.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted May 23, 2009 at 6:25 AM (Answer #10)

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There is only one acceptable way to contain over population. This is to reduce the birth rate.

There are many different ways to control birth rate. I do not think this is the forum to get into detail of these. I will only say that Governments can help contain population by making appropriate means of birth control available. also it is necessary educate people on need for birth control and availability of means to do so.

In some societies stigma may be attached to some or all methods of birth control. Also, prevailing culture may support having more children. For example in India it is considered very important to have a male heir, and because of this many people continue to have children til they have at least one male child. It is necessary to change such belies and practices by appropriate education.

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overpopulation | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 26, 2009 at 1:12 PM (Answer #11)

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How to stop over population?

How to stop over population?

Stop having kids and being selfish. Besides, youll get to sleep, live comfortably, vacation and enjoy your money....especially blackss

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sgoode2 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 26, 2009 at 10:07 PM (Answer #12)

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In response to everyone's idea that nations that achieve industrialization will level off their population growth I offer two comments.

1) There are not enough resources and jobs on this planet for every single nation to achieve an industrial status. There would need to be 4 earths in order to have every human being live like a typical American.

2) Humanity's population is ever increasing. This is due to the fact that we have removed our selves from nature and control our own food source. We also produce more food than is needed to feed 6 billion people. If there is more food available than needed than our (world) population will grow. We need to stop growing a surplus; otherwise the population will continue to increase. You may ask about countries with starving populations. These are areas that have stripped their resources so that they now depend almost exclusively on imported food. I know this next part sounds terrible, but if they keep receiving food, they will reproduce another generation that is doomed to also starve. 

 

The key to all this...governments need to stop encouraging farmers to produce surpluses! 

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klrox | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 20, 2011 at 9:44 AM (Answer #13)

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Well, we could always put a limit on the number of children every family can have.  That means no septuplets and octuplets when there are hundreds of children in orphanages who would love to be given a clean, loving, stable home.

 

True dat!! ;)

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rjarandomness | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 22, 2012 at 6:38 AM (Answer #14)

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I agree with all of you but we now need a solution that could/would work in the shortest possible time. If you watched "AfterMath:Overpopulation" the rapid increase of the population on Earth will only spell global, economical, environmental decrease. If this continues it will only increase polution and increase the number of problems. It is predicted that global disaster will start when the total population of the Earth reaches 14 billion. There isn't enough food water, shelter and other resouces to suppport that ammount of people. I say that the government must try-out some solutions. I most certainly agree with #2 idea there is alot of parent less children-out there that could use help and limiting the birth to say about 2 children per family thats already a big help in decreasing the birth rate of the country. To the industrialization stuff it does help not imidiately but the it helping the deacrease of population is there. To birth control products it does help in the decrese of birthrate increase, but other poeple really don't really preffer using such. To #8 the situation is that there are to many people in the world since there is to many sooner or later our panet's resources can no longer handle the ammount of people on Earth. To #9 building tall apartment building may help, but there some people who won't like that idea.

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