The consequences of rapid population growth

Lesson 30: Human population and environment

The consequences of rapid population growth:

Poverty is a condition of chronic deprivation and need at the family level. Poverty is a major concern of human kind, because poverty everywhere reduces human beings to a low level of existence. Poor people lack access to enough land and income to meet basic needs. A lack of basic needs results in physical weakness and poor health. Poor health decreases the ability of the poor to work and put them deeper into poverty.
Instead of allowing poverty to persist, it is important to limit out number because in dense population too many lack adequate food, water, shelter, education and employment.

Rich and poor countries alike are affected by population growth, though the population of industrial countries are growing more slowly than those of developing one. At the present growth rates, the population of economically developed countries would double in 120 years.

The world’s current and projected population growth calls for an increase in efforts to meet the needs for food, water, heath care, technology and education. In the poorest countries, massive efforts are needed to keep social and economic conditions from deteriorating further; any real advances in well-being and the quality of life are negated by further population growth. Many countries lack adequate supplies of basic materials needed to support their current population. Rapid population growth can affect both the overall quality of life and the degree of human suffering on earth.

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