Persuasive Essay on Overpopulation

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Persuasive Essay


Overpopulation is becoming one of the most preeminent problems

facing human civilization. This complicated, pervasive issue will come to be

a problem of the utmost importance for people of all races, religions, and


Our planet now provides for approximately 5.8 billion people, with

projections of around 10 billion by the year 2050. Two billion of these are

extremely poor, the poorest of which live in absolute poverty and misery.

One very serious effect of the population explosion is its detrimental

effects on the global environment. Increasing amounts of food, energy,

water, and shelter are required to fulfill the needs of human society. Much

of our energy is derived from the burning of fossil fuels-releasing millions

of metric tons of toxins into the atmosphere annually. The amount of land

required for food production will grow increasingly larger, while the amount

of available land will grow increasingly smaller.

The affects of overpopulation on human society are many. Suffering

from a lack of resources, people are often driven to war when they become

too numerous for their available resources. Ethnic and racial differences will

grow increasingly frequent and unresolvable. Increasing numbers in urban

areas will lower quality of life in cities around the world.

The precipitators of this complex issue are unlimited. Factors such

as poverty, food distribution, and government corruption are all important

aspects. No one will be unaffected by the repercussions of an

overpopulated world. This highly sensitive and complex issue demands the

attention of all who reside upon this planet, particularly those who have the

ability to work for change.