more people, more problems?

In the last five centuries, the world has arguably made more innovations and discoveries than in the entirety of the world’s history. Humans have evolved, grown, and divided many times. While the human populations has fallen in splurges, the overall total population of the human race is at a peak. What societal pushes and discoveries could have affected human population growth? Most recently, the era of industrialization gave birth to many different problems and breakthroughs for mankind. One being population control.

Ecology.com, which is a site that discusses topics about ecosystems, humans, and history, uses a handful of recognized authors, bloggers, or even professors, to provide researched articles on their ecology network. According to this site, The world human population growth rate would be about .1 percent (.001) per year for the next seven to eight centuries after the year 1000. They also claim that it was at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in the mid 1700s, the world’s human population grew by about 57 percent to 700 million.

 

As a result of the world’s rapid population outbreak, some high powers have tried to take matters into their own hands. For example, China is one of the countries that today has a policy on a limit of children. Though many other societies and empires have used their power to suppress population. Some claims accuse governments of poisoning and enslaving the weak and minorities to help contain population, as well.

 

According to ecology.com author, Eric McLamb, the 21st century has resulted in a 400 percent population increase in a single century. Some of the issues that have followed population growth are higher competition for jobs, pollution, and depletion of resources, uneven distributions of population, and hunger.

 

The industrial revolution has been an era of many discoveries such as medicinal breakthroughs, scientific inventions, new understandings of the universe, and the creation of many arts. All of these things can be assumed to be positive products of industrialization. However, the world’s population growth, which also came from this era, could be considered a damaging product of industrialization. Things like global pollution, use of natural resources, and use of energy from the earth have proven to wear on the planet that houses us. According to one of Eric McLamb’s resources, a few issues that could ruin the trail of global industrialization could be starvation, disease, nuclear winter, or birth rate change.

So what kinds of things can humans do now to make sure that industrialization and population growth don’t tear apart planet earth? We can try to balance the changes taking place on earth, managing ecosystems, and continuing to discover natural and eco-friendly ways to reduce our carbon footprint. Overall, it is curious to ponder weather industrialization gave birth to more innovations that would either kill or revive the human race.

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