Since the beginning of the 19th century, theglobal population has increased exponentially each year. Not only does theworld’s population increase each year, the rate by which it grows also increases.Such a population boom is frightening when one looks at our planets dwindlingresources. However, birth rates are slowing (but by no means are we going to bethe next species to go extinct!).
A decline in population growth doesn’t mean there are fewerpeople on the planet than there was last year. We’re just not growing as fastas we use to. Babies are still being made, we’re just not making as manycompared to previous generations.Right at the turn of the century, the US population growthwas at 1.
20 percent, which meant we made about 3 million more people than theprevious year. Five years later, our growth dropped to .92 percent, and it’sonly continued to drop since. We’re now sitting in the .70 percent populationgrowth, which means we’re only birthing a little over 2 million more babiesevery year. (http://www.worldometers.
info/world-population/us-population/)Is this decrease in growth a cause for concern? We currentlyhave 325 million people in this country and around 500,000 of these citizensare homeless. Many live in thissituation simply due to a lack of opportunity and resources. Add on the hundredsof thousand families and individuals that aren’t barely scraping by it’s clearwe have an issue handling our current population.
Additionally, there are 400,000 kids currently in our fostercare system. Kids that didn’t ask to be born and abandoned, but deserve a homelike every other child. Kids that have lost their own parents through a tragedythat deserve to be part of a family again. Perhaps we should focus on thequality of living on those that are already here rather than increasing growth.Our current systems aren’t designed to function for thismany people and we’re building towards a future designed for fewer people. Asautomation advances, manual labor positions will be replaced by robots. We’redesigning cars to drive themselves, drones to deliver our packages, and robotsto make our stuff. Detroit, Michigan, was once known as the Motor City, but countlessworkers have lost their jobs to factory machines that work faster, moreefficiently, and cheaper.
This was oneof the contributing factors that led the city to file for bankruptcy in 2013.Every year is filled with technological leaps and bounds,but all of it leads to the same conclusion. We don’t need as many people to dothe things that keep the world running, and yet, we’re doing nothing to evolveour systems to accommodate for this change. Our general educational systemstill only provides the bare basics in “valuable” education and ouruniversities have veered towards exploitation. We’re also simply running out of space. We’re already at thepoint that we’ve taken over every livable space that we’re now consideringchopping down national forests and exotic jungles because we need more stuffand more space. If we continue the path that we do one day animals like lions,and tigers, and bears will be as much as myth as dragons, unicorns, and theDemogorgon.There’s no point to making babies if this world isn’t goingto be suitable for those babies to live in.