• Human population control - Should this practice be enforced?
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We as a species have grown enormously, both in population and want for resources, but there is limited space in which humans can thrive and limited resources of which we can use. We have almost reached 7 billion in population, an extraordinary large size for a species which requires so much resources. We are exploiting the environment to the point that we are hurting ourselves and other species, an irreversible consequence. Should human population control be enforced to ensure adequate living and safe use of limited resources, not just for ourselves, but for all other species? I personally believe in controlling the human population, as I would rather want our future generation to see the beauty of the world untouched and not starve for food or fight for resources. We as a species need to realize we are limited in what we can do and there are consequences for passing those lines. Every other living species on this planet is equal to us, we are too self-centered caring only about ourselves and what we wan't, regardless of the damage it will cause. I do not support brutal or inhumane ways of controlling human population and am not claiming at our current point of almost 7 billion that human population control should be enforced, I am simply arguing the morality.
It's virtually impossible to do without breaching human rights so sadly no.
you say that we're running out of resources, but can i see some evidence of that? there are plenty of resources for the foreseeable future, to my knowledge of course, i could be uninformed and we're about to nose dive into a wheat shortage or something, but i haven't yet heard of such a thing [editline]3rd January 2012[/editline] oh and just to add, we passed 7 billion people quite a while ago
[QUOTE=thispieiscold;34033463]you say that we're running out of resources, but can i see some evidence of that? there are plenty of resources for the foreseeable future, to my knowledge of course, i could be uninformed and we're about to nose dive into a wheat shortage or something, but i haven't yet heard of such a thing [editline]3rd January 2012[/editline] oh and just to add, we passed 7 billion people quite a while ago[/QUOTE] food shortages and oil shortages mostly
Well interestingly enough, Canada's population is only increasing due to immigrants. The average rate of birth is something like 1.7 per woman.
Sadly, i think human population should be controlled. Mass murder wouldnt really be nice, but make it so that a couple can only have one child. I know this is not working very well in china, but it might work elsewhere, or atleast slow population growth a LOT.
[QUOTE=thispieiscold;34033463]you say that we're running out of resources, but can i see some evidence of that? there are plenty of resources for the foreseeable future, to my knowledge of course, i could be uninformed and we're about to nose dive into a wheat shortage or something, but i haven't yet heard of such a thing [editline]3rd January 2012[/editline] oh and just to add, we passed 7 billion people quite a while ago[/QUOTE] Limited resources are, hence, limited. There is no unlimited supply of which we can feed off of forever. As population increases and time goes on, those resources will become more strained and rare. I never really stated we were running out of a particular resource, I mean in reality we obviously are, but not in the sense that we are doomed in only a few years. The only resource I'm sure that is rare at this time period which is vital to human survival is fresh water.
[QUOTE=Ogopogo;34033491]Well interestingly enough, Canada's population is only increasing due to immigrants. The average rate of birth is something like 1.7 per woman.[/QUOTE] Then lower the immigrati- That's racist.
Its not racist to be against immigration.
[QUOTE=Str4fe;34033670]Its not racist to be against immigration.[/QUOTE] As with everything, it depends on why you are against it.
Yeah right and watch the rats outdo us in quantity and gain intelligence and kill us all
[QUOTE=Str4fe;34033541]Sadly, i think human population should be controlled. Mass murder wouldnt really be nice, but make it so that a couple can only have one child. I know this is not working very well in china, but it might work elsewhere, or atleast slow population growth a LOT.[/QUOTE] And you end up with a major population aging problem.
Only 3rd world countries continue to grow at unsustainable rates. Most estimates say the population will level out well below the Earth's carrying capacity. The issue is largely sensationalist.
The growth of our population only encourages us to do/try new things. The more of us there are, the sooner we'll be colonizing other planets.
As far as basic necessities go, food production is likely to continue to improve, and overcrowding shouldn't be too much of a problem, at least not for a long while. I heard somewhere that the entire population of the world could easily fit in an area the size of Texas.
[QUOTE=SamPerson123;34033969]As far as basic necessities go, food production is likely to continue to improve, and overcrowding shouldn't be too much of a problem, at least not for a long while. I heard somewhere that the entire population of the world could easily fit in an area the size of Texas.[/QUOTE] We need houses, you know :downs:
[QUOTE=Un.Hxx.Aé;34033714]As with everything, it depends on why you are against it.[/QUOTE] Is it racist if i am against immigration because the crime-rates are higher in the countries where we get the immigrants from? It is quite common sense, that when you have a half-full glass of beer, with 5% alcohol, and another half full glass with 10% alcohol, and if you pour that 10% one to the 5% one, you get one full glass with 7.5% alcohol. Its same with immigration and crime rates. But i am derailing the thread here.
All that needs to be done is increase the standard of education. Studies have shown that if a woman is better educated she is more likely to have children later in life and therefore have less children. That's why immigrant families have more children, they come from poorer countries so they haven't had as good an education.
[QUOTE=mobrockers2;34033992]We need houses, you know :downs:[/QUOTE] I just looked it up, it would be over 1000 square feet per person. If you have apartment buildings there would probably be plenty left over.
[QUOTE=Str4fe;34034002]Its same with immigration and crime rates.[/QUOTE] nope not really, plus by your analogy it's like dumping a shot in a keg anyway, unless you think half of the population is immigrants.
I dont mean the same rates. [editline]3rd January 2012[/editline] Why would it not be like that? Sure, the better security compensates it, but people from other countries behave differently. Some of them do bring that behavior with them.
Us western countries already have very solid birth rates. ' The problem lies within the poor countries, especially Africa, where they breed like there's no tomorrow. [img]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HFFg0JTGQXw/TZ95KcMMqRI/AAAAAAAAAKU/QQdBDSI3McI/s1600/Total_fertility_rate%2B2009.jpg[/img]
[QUOTE=Str4fe;34034126]I dont mean the same rates. [editline]3rd January 2012[/editline] Why would it not be like that?[/QUOTE] Because crime is usually a result of the environment, not the people. [editline]3rd January 2012[/editline] On topic, here's a fun chart. [QUOTE][IMG]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/77/World-Population-1800-2100.png[/IMG][/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=Rad McCool;34034144]Us western countries already have very solid birth rates. ' The problem lies within the poor countries, especially Africa, where they breed like there's no tomorrow. [img]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HFFg0JTGQXw/TZ95KcMMqRI/AAAAAAAAAKU/QQdBDSI3McI/s1600/Total_fertility_rate%2B2009.jpg[/img][/QUOTE] And due to shit infrastructure and unstable governments, getting food is quite hard.
[QUOTE=Str4fe;34034002]Is it racist if i am against immigration because the crime-rates are higher in the countries where we get the immigrants from? It is quite common sense, that when you have a half-full glass of beer, with 5% alcohol, and another half full glass with 10% alcohol, and if you pour that 10% one to the 5% one, you get one full glass with 7.5% alcohol. Its same with immigration and crime rates. But i am derailing the thread here.[/QUOTE] It's funny you use an alcohol analogy cause I was thinking about finnish immigrants and their overconsumption of alcohol. End of derail. No, I wouldn't say your reason is racist, but there are other reasons for being against immigration. Also your analogy. what
[QUOTE=Str4fe;34033541]Sadly, i think human population should be controlled. Mass murder wouldnt really be nice, but make it so that a couple can only have one child. I know this is not working very well in china, but it might work elsewhere, or atleast slow population growth a LOT.[/QUOTE] How do you mean "not working very well"? Their fertility rate is actually below their total fertility rate. And if you look at this graph you'll see that their population is growing slower and slower: [url]http://www.google.com/publicdata/explore?ds=d5bncppjof8f9_&met_y=sp_pop_grow&idim=country:CHN&dl=en&hl=en&q=china+population+growth[/url]
[QUOTE=Un.Hxx.Aé;34034355]It's funny you use an alcohol analogy cause I was thinking about finnish immigrants and their overconsumption of alcohol. End of derail. No, I wouldn't say your reason is racist, but there are other reasons for being against immigration. Also your analogy. what[/QUOTE] Im just not that good in english to not use a shitty analogy. But you get what i mean, right? End of derail. [editline]3rd January 2012[/editline] [QUOTE=Swebonny;34034577]How do you mean "not working very well"? Their fertility rate is actually below their total fertility rate. And if you look at this graph you'll see that their population is growing slower and slower: [url]http://www.google.com/publicdata/explore?ds=d5bncppjof8f9_&met_y=sp_pop_grow&idim=country:CHN&dl=en&hl=en&q=china+population+growth[/url][/QUOTE] I just meant that its not stopping the population growth, or something. I dont know that much about these things.
[QUOTE=BrainDeath;34033482]food shortages and oil shortages mostly[/QUOTE] There is no oil shortage, you're an idiot. There is also no food shortage, there is a shortage of effective ways to transport said food to those whom need it most, aka third world countries, this could be due to the terrain, government bodies of said country or sheer cost of doing so, etc... Oil, like discussed in the oil thread, is simply just kept bottle necked at high prices by those who have it all.
At 7 Billion people, it's a lot of people, most of which are in poverty to under the poverty line areas, countries, etc.
Population is actually leveling off, just you wait for the baby boom era to die out and it should stay fairly constant. The idea is that with 1 or 2 children, you're replacing the mother and father. But until the parents die off, they'll count as 4 people instead of 2; there's a few decades of overlap between the two.
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