Topic: Is global overpopulation a serious threat to the future of mankind?
I believe that global overpopulation is a threat to the future of humankind for three reasons.
Firstly, overpopulation will definitely cause a housing shortage. Even today, unfortunately, though the gap between wealthier countries and poorer countries is being filled, a number of people still live under difficult circumstances.
I used to work as a project coordinator in a developing country, assisting NGOs to implement their development projects. I visited hundreds of people whose houses were in terrible conditions as many of them didn’t have running water, sewage or bathrooms.
Furthermore, natural disasters like wildfires, typhoons and earthquakes destroy numerous houses and people lose their places to live.
Secondly, we cannot expand medical capacity for more people. Due to the pandemic of Covid19, many medical facilities are overcrowded, and personnel are up to their limit. Vaccines haven’t proven their effectiveness and safety yet. Nevertheless, medicine is advancing, there are many diseases still incurable. On top of that, a lot of people are dying in poverty as they don’t have enough resources to receive the necessary treatments.
Finally, overpopulation will harm the environment further. Prior to the pandemic, the damage to the earth was deeply concerning. Misfortune of the coronavirus has shown us how much we had been damaging our planet as we found many touristic places regained their beauty since the state of emergency was issued. It means that, up to 2020, we had already exceeded the edge.
Considering these factors and reality, in conclusion, I am convinced that overpopulation is surely a threat to the future of humankind. (258 words)