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Does Population Growth Harm the Earth's Quality of Life

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Stephanie Keseday

on 18 September 2014

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Transcript of Does Population Growth Harm the Earth's Quality of Life

Population Theories
Thomas Malthus was a British economist who is well known for his bestseller “An Essay on the Principles of Population” which was published in 1798. He is most famous for his theory that basically states that while food production will continue to increase, population will increase at an even faster rate. This imbalance would undoubtedly cause famine, disease, poverty and war.

Quality of life
One of the basic factors affecting the human quality of life is health. The closer people live to one another the easier diseases and illness are spread. Avian flu, Malaria, and salmonella can be passed from animals, insects and food. These have become more widespread over the years. Some reasons for this is the increase in industrialized farming. To be able to produce large quantities of food for the growing population standards of farming have been lowered. Livestock are piled in together increasing their risk of illness, to combat this they are given antibiotics. When we eat their meat we are exposed to those antibiotics weakening their effects when we need them to be well. With a growing fear of becoming sick the quality of life will decrease.

Work Cited





"Tracking and Reporting Foodborne Disease Outbreaks." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 29 Mar. 2013. Web. 18 Sept. 2014.

"Thomas Robert Malthus." : The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Sept. 2014.

Does Population Growth Harm the Earth's Quality of Life?
Quality of Life:
Esther Boserup was a Danish economist who believed that people could develop the technology and resources necessary to increase their supplies of food. She believed that is was population growth that enabled the increase in agriculture. People knew of the technological limitations of agriculture and used them to check population growth. The pressure of increased population led to the development of new technologies to increase food output (e.g. irrigation, better tools, modified foods etc.)
Karl Marx was a German philosopher and is commonly known as the father of communism. He believed that the proletariat was paid a wage equal to a fraction of his work while the rich bourgeoisie took the lions share. Technology only made matters worse with reduced wages and a surplus of labor. Therefore population growth was a result of unjust capitalist practices.
Elderly living in specialized institutions were introduced to technology such as leisure games, a journal editing tool and email. They were studied before and after technology and were said that technology improved their quality of life.
The University of Sheffield is coming out with technology that can help people with long-term conditions, self-manage their condition. Computer based technology will be able to help people change their behavior and lifestyle if necessary.
: A places where resources are gathered
: A place where waste is disposed of
People define the quality of life by meeting goals, their well being, happiness, and meeting human needs
Abraham Maslow came up with the theory of the Heirarchy of Needs
The most important needs are on the bottom and less important are on the top
Environmental Factors
Slash and Burn/Deforestation:

46-58 thousand square miles of forest are lost each year. Our world only has 31% of forest lands to live off of.
Pollution (Air&Water)
: Motor Vehicles, Boats, Run Off, Industrialization, Second-Hand Smoking.
The Animals:
8.7 Millions species to date. Where will they live?
They have now come out with cars that don't need gasoline to run which prevents pollution
Recycling helps our environment by reusing materials that have already been used before instead of wasting more
A place or thing that provides something useful.
Two biggest Resources:
2.5%... By 2025 1.8 Billion people living with water scarcity
Only enough for the next 46 years?
The Renewable Resources like sunlight, air and wind might slowly disappear due to Smog, Dust, Aerosol Cans and Industrialization.
Overpopulation Is A Myth
As the population grows larger and larger Technology will become more and more advanced. The more advanced Technology becomes the harder it is to obtain by majority people.
The better Technology gets the more Technology becomes obsolete or out dated.
Apple Inc
Overpopulation: A Growing Problem
The Science Of Overpopulation
As technology can help improve human quality of life it does not necessarily improve the earths quality. As we have seen in past with industrial pollution, technological growth is not always a positive thing.
In Conclusion...

Pollution, lack of resources, disease and poverty are all caused by population growth. However they do not have to continue to harm the earths quality of life. As Albert Einstein said "The problems that exist in the world cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them."
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