Since the beginning of the 19th century, the
global population has increased exponentially each year. Not only does the
world’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 dwindling
resources. However, birth rates are slowing (but by no means are we going to be
the next species to go extinct!).
A decline in population growth doesn’t mean there are fewer
people on the planet than there was last year. We’re just not growing as fast
as we use to. Babies are still being made, we’re just not making as many
compared to previous generations.
Right at the turn of the century, the US population growth
was at 1.20 percent, which meant we made about 3 million more people than the
previous year. Five years later, our growth dropped to .92 percent, and it’s
only continued to drop since. We’re now sitting in the .70 percent population
growth, which means we’re only birthing a little over 2 million more babies
every year. (http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/us-population/)
Is this decrease in growth a cause for concern? We currently
have 325 million people in this country and around 500,000 of these citizens
are homeless. Many live in this
situation simply due to a lack of opportunity and resources. Add on the hundreds
of thousand families and individuals that aren’t barely scraping by it’s clear
we have an issue handling our current population.
Additionally, there are 400,000 kids currently in our foster
care system. Kids that didn’t ask to be born and abandoned, but deserve a home
like every other child. Kids that have lost their own parents through a tragedy
that deserve to be part of a family again. Perhaps we should focus on the
quality of living on those that are already here rather than increasing growth.
Our current systems aren’t designed to function for this
many people and we’re building towards a future designed for fewer people. As
automation advances, manual labor positions will be replaced by robots. We’re
designing cars to drive themselves, drones to deliver our packages, and robots
to make our stuff. Detroit, Michigan, was once known as the Motor City, but countless
workers have lost their jobs to factory machines that work faster, more
efficiently, and cheaper. This was one
of 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 do
the things that keep the world running, and yet, we’re doing nothing to evolve
our systems to accommodate for this change. Our general educational system
still only provides the bare basics in “valuable” education and our
universities have veered towards exploitation.
We’re also simply running out of space. We’re already at the
point that we’ve taken over every livable space that we’re now considering
chopping down national forests and exotic jungles because we need more stuff
and 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 the
There’s no point to making babies if this world isn’t going
to be suitable for those babies to live in.