Do you think there are too many or too few people on Earth?

United States
August 12, 2007 4:42am CST
Do you think Earth is over populated or in some places underpopulated? * Japan faces the issue of not enough young people to feed into the social security system and not enough babies being born. * Yet China implemented a strict policy of one child per family so it can feed all it's people, and Africa is clearly struggling with it's booming population. * America has both issues. Several states in the U.S. are loosing population, and joke about more cows than people. Other states like California is packed solid with houses. * Does Earth have too many people to support? Or do we just need to better distribute or populations and manage our resources differently?
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@Hyperlisk (129)
• United States
12 Aug 07
I think there are too many people on Earth. It is just getting overcrowded. Obviously also, wars are fought to try and gain land, so that the winning country won't be so crowded.
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• United States
12 Aug 07
The country declaring war is short on the resource the enemy country has. Very true. Water is a very common resource fought over.
@mausyo (59)
• Romania
13 Aug 07
i don't think is a very good question . Because if i would say yes someone will ask : " What should we do then ? Kill' em all ? " SO i will answer i don't think they are to many peoples :)
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• United States
13 Aug 07
Kill them all is not the solution on most minds. Population control is mostly prevention of large numbers of extra births I think.
• India
13 Aug 07
i think that some places on earth are overcrowded while others are scarcely populated.equal sharing of resources will lead to a happy planet.
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• United States
13 Aug 07
That is more easily said than done I think...no?
@tim_un (355)
• Malaysia
13 Aug 07
I think still very few people on this earth, because most of the part of this earth has been poluted by any problem hence less people stay at that place. For example Sahara.
• United States
13 Aug 07
The Sahara would have difficulty supporting large numbers of sizable mammals because it is so barren.
@wisedragon (2331)
• Philippines
13 Aug 07
Japan is an exceptional case. Most other countries have a booming population. This is concerning because resources are indeed limited. If only we can prevent all the unwanted pregnancies, I think the population would stabilize.
• United States
13 Aug 07
Research in that area is critical and neglected.
• Australia
13 Aug 07
I think the balance is just right, But in saying that resources are down and slowly are depleting. Is that are result of over-use, or is a result of not looking after resources, or is it simply a matter of the Earth being to populated in order to use the resources sparsingly.
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• United States
13 Aug 07
I've come across some new ways of using resources that leave lighter 'footprints' as well. Indoor farming is one such way. Indoor farmers can pamper the plants by controlling the environment, getting year around bumper harvests with solar power which is growing cheaper by the year. They don't need heavy fertilizer if they use hydroponics, and they can recycle the water they use. Plants also create oxygen.
@eshaan (6193)
• India
12 Aug 07
I think it should be re-distributed, there is enough space on earth,but people do it crowded at some places and under-populated at other. The main reason is the progress, there life flourishes and tthe rest of the places are lagging behind in population.
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• United States
12 Aug 07
How does one make less inviting places more so?
• United States
12 Aug 07
Earth has definitely become overpopulated. The environment cannot sustain the number of people we currently have -- technically, the planet can only support 2.5 billion people -- but the exponential growth of our global population shows no sign of slowing down. I think the choice is this: we can destroy the planet, revert to living like cave people, or we can exercise common sense and compassion in our reproductive choices, and begin reproducing below replacement level. Maybe it's already too late, but we owe it to ourselves to try and fix this.
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• United States
12 Aug 07
How do you propose we implement the birth control methods? Some religions are completely against birth control in any form except abstinence, even in marriage, and that isn't an option for most folks.
• Pakistan
12 Aug 07
well i think now earth is over populated thats why its destroying very rapidly
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• United States
12 Aug 07
Good answer.
@rosie_123 (6118)
12 Aug 07
I would certainly say the Earth is over-populated, - especially in some parts of the world. In some places, people just breed like rabbits with no thought to birth control or economic factors. Thousands of children are born into poverty and suffering and the Earth's resources are plunered to feed them.
• United States
12 Aug 07
Very good answer, lack of education in girls causes no end in misery. Early pregnancy causes large families, poverty, and risk to the mother. Educated women know about birth control.
@anousha (406)
• Mauritius
12 Aug 07
Earth is overpopulated and I think the 2 main countries that should provide a better distribution of their ever increasing population is of course India and China. But the United Sates should also start to consider this option. In my country we have a population of about 1.3M for a total area of 2040 km sq. We are not overpopulated for the time being however many people are emigrating to the European countries and we can see that there are numerous imigrants from the Asian countries. This is causing lots of economic problems.
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• United States
12 Aug 07
Very good point. Badly mismanaged immigration can destroy the host country. Criminals can enter along with the legitimate migrants.
@YanYoung (40)
• China
12 Aug 07
This question to me can be answered without question. Yes,there are too many people on earth! One of my tags is "too many people". Can you imagine you must wait to buy a train ticket for half of a day? Can you imagine you must wait an available seat for meal for an hour or so? Can you imagine you must wait to go into restroom in a long queue for several minutes? ...... I just say such phenomena out to validate my answer. Luckily,Our china government has pulled out stops to control the speed of population increase.Just as you said,we "implemented a strict policy of one child per family"——planned fertility. Some western international friends criticize that we violate human rights.But think this global problem seriously!Our dear earth has its limit.She needs space to breath instead of being sufocated by fully-coverd human! You have said that some countries "faces the issue of not enough young people to feed into the social security system and not enough babies being born."I must admit that our country also face this problem also. So I think we must come up with more advanced initiatives to banlance our proportoin of population.
• United States
12 Aug 07
Very well put. Technology can assist with an aging population, and improving the health of elders can aid in this. Elders can care for elders as well as letting families keep elders at home.
• China
12 Aug 07
Come to the city of beijing, and you'll get the answer yourself. without any hesitate!
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• United States
12 Aug 07
That is what is called a “mega-city” where people crowd many folks in a small amount of land. Arizona is nearly empty in places.