Overpopulation is a serious threat to our own existence. The whole world needs to address this issue and not just a few countries. The world’s population is increasing mainly due to medical advancements and increases in agricultural productivity. Countries like Brazil, China and India add more to their woes by neglecting substantial increases in their populations.
India is now the home to 1.2 billion. Furthermore India’s population is expected to grow to 1.8 billion before stabilizing around the middle of this century, if sufficient measures are taken. Today India is stretched to its limit due to overpopulation. 57 billionaires control 70 percent of India’s wealth. This economic inequality leads to poverty, lack of free medical assistance, lack of social security and bad living conditions. The issues are even more critical due to the advancements in Artificial Intelligence and Automation. Automation threatens 69 percent job losses with millions of job losses already occurring in the IT and production sectors. E-commerce has failed to pick up so far due to job cuts and prices that are not as competitive as in the local marketplace.
Excessive population leads to working institutions dysfunctionality and makes all plans to improve a country’s infrastructure, medical assistance facilities and social welfare initiatives ineffective. This includes the Indian Government which has struggled to enact reforms over the past 69 years since independence.
The consequences of population growth are a problem that the whole world will soon face sooner or later. Drinking water, sewage treatment, inadequate rainfall, rapid depletion of natural resources, extinction of many plant and animal species due to deforestation and loss of eco-systems, increased level of life-threatening air and water pollution, high infant and child mortality rate and hunger due to extreme poverty are some of the results of over-population.
Many people are already aware of the social and environmental problems due to overpopulation, but only a few are aware of its adverse effects on health. Most Indian cities are badly polluted and have little fresh air. This leads to countless airborne diseases and skin infections.
It’s not just India’s struggle, Brazil and China are also coping with the ramifications of overpopulation. It’s time for all global forums to provide effective solutions in order to resolve this problem. Overpopulation can only be solved by spreading awareness of and implementing measures like birth control and access to birth control devices. Let us help the world prepare for a better tomorrow.