Where’s Waldo? Where do we fit in with ‘overpopulation’?

Your learning targets are:
 The student will:

  • Know that the rate of natural increase in a population is the difference between the birth rate and the death rate.
  • Know that population growth rates vary from region to region and that regions with different population compositions make different demands on social policy.
  • Know that population density can be calculated in several different ways.
  • Know that the migration of people has had a major effect on people’s histories and their relationships with other groups of people.

Where do you fit in with 7 billion people?
You heard me- 7 billion.
The world is becoming a very populated place…
***Why with all this room/intelligence/resources are we talking overpopulation?
Read over the National Geographic article on population growth in the world.

Current Population as of Today at: 10:32 AM

Answer the following questions as you read.
Do this on a WORD DOCUMENT as you will be tested on this material next week on the mini cross curricular exam:
1) Who is Antoni van Leeuwenhoek? Why is he important when talking population? What did he offer? Sum this up in your own words. (THIS EXACT QUESTION WILL REAPPEAR ON AN EXAM!)
2) “With the population still growing by about 80 million each year, it’s hard not to be alarmed”(National Geographic, 2010). Why should we be alarmed? What 4 specific things does Nat Geo mention are occuring?
Also list 3 others you know are happening? (AGAIN, YOU NEEEEEED TO KNOW THIS!)
3) What roles do faith and religion play in the problem of overpopulation?
4) What does birth rate mean? What does death rate mean? What does this article teach us about both?
Email this word document to Miss Mann (jmann@lcsd.ca) when it is completed.

Answer the following 2 questions after and during your reading of this article. (Yes this is marked!)
Post directly on this page through a comment.
A) What is the ‘fertility decline’? (Provide quotations and comments directly from the article.)
Do you think the ‘fertility decline’ will continue or do you believe fertility will increase as time goes on. Provide details on your opinion.
Example: Draw reference to direct quotations such as “The bad news is that 2030 is two decades away and that the largest generation of adolescents in history will then be entering their childbearing years”(National Geographic, 2010).
B) Comment on the following:
The goal in India should not be reducing fertility or population, Almas Ali of the Population Foundation told me when I spoke to him a few days later. “The goal should be to make the villages livable,” he said. “Whenever we talk of population in India, even today, what comes to our mind is the increasing numbers. And the numbers are looked at with fright. This phobia has penetrated the mind-set so much that all the focus is on reducing the number. The focus on people has been pushed to the background.”
Provide your opinion and comments on this- Make sure you quote the article and do some outside research.

9 comments on “Where’s Waldo? Where do we fit in with ‘overpopulation’?

  1. lukefeist says:

    A) Fertility decline is when there is not a larger amount of babies being born than there are people dying. The population is not increasing. This was a problem because religion had a say in reproducing back then. Their beliefs were that “the number of children you had, it was God who decided. People couldn’t fathom that it might be up to them.” (National Geographic, 2010) This created a problem of controlling the population because you couldn’t tell people to have more babies, it was just disrespectful to their religion.
    B) Our world is a huge place, there is really no limit on how many people we can fit on the planet, that is not our worries yet. If we all work together, all nations and citizens of the world, everyone can live a fortunate life like the majority of us in Canada. We just need to donate our money instead of spoiling ourselves to treats we can live without. There are people in the world who are dying everyday because of starvation, Not over population. If we all work together to have equal rights and wealth we can all live a fair life, where everyone has a chance to live life with pride and without worry. India is not over populated, Their nation is not financially able to support their citizens. There is a way to fix that, we just all have to do our part in giving a helping hand. Wether it’s a small donation, or actually going to India to help build houses and school. For a brighter future though out the India nation, and the world.

  2. scdoll12 says:

    A) I believe that the fertility rate will start to increase again. Parents are having more children and their children will have children. If every couple has more than two kids theoretically the population will increase, this is if the death rate stays constant. As it is said above “The bad news is that 2030 is two decades away and that the largest generation of adolescents in history will then be entering their childbearing years”(National Geographic, 2010). This can only point to a large burst in the population.
    B) In this article it seems that he is saying that most people are scared of the big number of people the world is seeing but the real problem is that to accompany the mass amount of people they must make a place for them to live, “The goal should be to make the villages livable,”. People look at the big number and think we are running out of space for all these human beings but the problem is we are not developing land for them to live on.

    “The focus on people has been pushed to the background.” This is true in a sense. The focus is now on the number of people and no longer on the people themselves. People are worrying about how they are going to support the populations size and not their needs.

  3. troysb11 says:

    During the 18th century the amount of children French women were having declined. Instead of having 5 or 6 children they were having on an average of two. This event according to the article “Special Series: 7 Billion” is known as the fertility decline. The fertility decline then moved to other countries in the world. It seemed that from this event population was starting to come under control “The population in the 19th century was just enough children were being born to replace the people that were dying” (Special Series: 7 Billion). The population was staying just about constant with still a slight rise. The problem was solved until the baby boomers arrived after World War II. With the baby boomers the world population saw record highs. The population was out of control once again.

    In the coming years I believe the fertility rate will start to slow once again. With modern society there is no need for many children. In the past many children were needed to help around with chores, but no more. Now not many children are wanted because many families live in urbanized areas. There is no room for 7 or so kids to live in small house in the suburbs. It will also see a decrease because laws limiting the amount of children will be more popularized, in my opinion. We are already seeing countries with large populations using these laws. With no need for many children and laws preventing lots of children the world will be forced to decrease the fertility rate. We may finally have sky rocketing population under control once again.

    I disagree with this statement; because I think that population is their major problem. If there population were more in a sense under control there cities and living space would be easier to fix and provide a better quality of life for the people of India. If the population of India were not as high as it is today it would be cheaper to fix up the living space. Currently in the world today money is one of the great powers. If less people were in India the price to fix up the current situation would be much cheaper. Maybe cheap enough for the Indian government to do something to improve there towns and cities. Until the population in India is under more control they are continue to have problems because they will not afford to provide for all there citizens and the problems of India will still exist.

  4. Alyssa Dopko says:

    A) Fertility decline is when there is a lower birth rate. The fertility decline is going to keep happening, our world is overpopulated. “Not only are people living longer, but so many women across the world are now in their childbearing years—1.8 billion—that the global population will keep growing for another few decades at least, even though each woman is having fewer children than she would have had a generation ago.” says Leeuwenhoek. This statement is implying that because our world is becoming modernized, and we are finding new ways to keep ourselves healthier, we are living longer and overpopulating Just by looking at this quote, you can see that the fertility rate is going to go down because of overpopulation.

    B)This statement is very contradictory. In order to make places more livable, places need to be less populated. Take China for example, when you see snapshots of the streets in China, it is packed, and some places look like absolute dumps. The living conditions in many parts of our world is unacceptable. Although Asia is focusing on making cities more liveable, in order to do that the population needs to decline a lot; China would need to do the same.

  5. jdubz3 says:

    a) Fertility decline is the decrease in birth rates from the previous generation. Fertility decline does not neccesarily mean the population will go down but the amount of births have gone down since before. Sustainability is the ability to live and use resources while still giving the next generation the same resources. So fertilty decline has to happen or else the Earth will run out of natural resources because it cannot support a higher population.
    “In 18th-century Europe or early 20th-century Asia, when the average woman had six children” which has now since changed because families cannot afford six children anymore which is another example of fertility decline.

    b) With the insanely high population of India it is nearly impossible to make their lifestyle liveable. In order for them to have adequate living standards they need to decrease their population. They do not have the resources or money to sustain a good lifestyle for them and their families.

  6. cjgrafstar says:

    A) Fertility decline is not the decrease in population, but the decrease in birth rate compared to previous generations. It act like natural selection, because it keeps us from overpopulating the Earth. This would make the world unable to sustain human life. It will increase as time goes on, because for as long as there a humans on this world, there will be reproduction. The population is increasing because the birth rate is higher than the death rate. In some places, where a woman averages 2.1 children, the world will be able to sustain the amount of people. The article in the link states, “In the time it takes for the birthrate to settle into that new balance with the death rate, population explodes.” This says that we are unable to fix the problem, because by the time the birth rate slows down, the population will be too extreme to live.

    B) The world is too huge of a place to have people begging for space. Instead of the population going down in India, people should move. They have the free will to move. There are so many places in the world, such as Canada, that can house so many more people. We can’t stop reproduction, so we need to focus on the needs of the people. Everyone deserves the space to do what they need to do, and if thats too much to ask, something is wrong with your frame of mind.

  7. A) When the question refers to the fertility decline, it is talking about how the amount of fertile woman has decreased majorly since the eighteenth century. This has been due to the fact that when people have sexual interactions they will either not choose to do it very often or, like Leuwenhoek, choose to interrupt their coitus. The reasoning for this is because people now think of coitus not as a reproductive method, but as an activity for enjoyment. I believe that unfortunately this will continue to be the case because this is the way that society has been shaped, as well as with pornography being a key factor in there. This shows that to society that it is apparently ok to be able to show the world that kind of image. This is obviously not ok because God didn’t intend for sex to be a “public activity” for all to see, but he wanted it to be a special connection between a married couple. This following quote from the article on National Geographic’s website stresses that God really wanted us to have sex for reproductive purposes, “The number of children you had, it was God who decided. People couldn’t even fathom they made that choice.” At one point demographers believed the fertility rate would increse in order to help keep the population going, but in the late 1990’s, Europe’s rate fell below replacement level. Joel Cohen states, “The evidence I’m familiar with, which is anecdotal, is that women could care less about replacing the species of humans.” As grim as it all sounds, I believe that the fertility rate will end up having an incredible booming point and then suddenly drop for a long bit of time because history is bound to repeat itself.

    B) I believe that since the population of India has grown to such massive proportions, people in a way, have been blinded by a phobia of having a population being too big. The way that many organizations are looking at this situation is not by reducing fertility or population, but by making these villages liveable, but this phobia has grown so big that all focus is now on reducing the numbers. The major problem I now see with these organizations wanting to reduce the numbers is that is their primary focus, and the needs of the people have basically ceased to exist. A quote that relates to this ina way comes from Star Trek and it is, “The needs of the many, outweigh the needs of the few.” I think that this quote integrates very well into the topic becase in this case we must consider the needs of the people of India and what they want; instead of the needs of what these organizations see fit for the world. If we choose to get rid of the numbers in India, we are just causing more problems because about 250,000 people die every day from hunger and poverty, which in my mind is a very scary number. If these organizations started reducing the numbers of the populations, this number of people that die a day would sky rocket up. Think about it, is this what you want for the world or for India? Or, do you want them to have a more li eable lifestyle and lose less lives to hunger? I sure like that second option and if the world does not agree with that, then there is something wrong with the way society is working.

  8. A) The fertility decline is when the rate of births are lower then the previous years. It will most likely increase as time goes on because you will never know if we will have another baby boom. But we also don’t know if we will have another pandemic like the Black Death. “World population hasn’t fallen, historians think, since the Black Death of the 14th century./ Though its population continues to grow, China, home to a fifth of the world’s people, is already below replacement fertility and has been for nearly 20 years, thanks in part to the coercive one-child policy implemented in 1979.” (National Geographic 2010) You can never actually know for sure if fertility will increase or decrease, you can only hope.

    B) When talking population in India the first thing that comes to my mind is that many of the children are not born in a good environment. I agree with Almas Ali that “The goals should be to make the villages livable” and not to worry about the increasing numbers. Instead of worrying about the population we should be worried about their food, shelters and water supplies. I know that the population is growing faster now then any but we have to look at our well being first. “Whenever we talk of population in India, even today, what comes to our mind is the increasing numbers. And the numbers are looked at with fright. This phobia has penetrated the mind-set so much that all the focus is on reducing the number”(the article), with increasing numbers we should not look to it as a frightening matter but a serious one at that. We should get past the phobia and look through a new light, so we can deal with this as it should be dealt with.

  9. JHurley says:

    A) The fertility decline is a time when the fertility rate, or how often women would have children drops. That means that our population will not increase as much. I believe the fertility rate will decrease as time goes on. For example, both my parents come from families of 10 kids each, while there is only 3 kids in my family. Also, in China and Japan, they are only having one kid per family, to reduce their population. Even though that is happening, we are still expected to have 8 billion people by 2027. We are shrinking, but not by much. We have room, but the fact that we have to many people in one area is what is getting us.

    B) I feel that we do need to create liveable villages, and remember the people in India as what they are: people, not space being taken up in the world. Even if we have over-population issues, we still have room, and we should help each other out through sustainability, and try for a better supported Earth. If we are able to solve the issue with the rising numbers, then we should be able to solve other problems: Global warming, environmental issues, etc. We have space in Canada, and neighbouring countries. We should be able to move people from the full areas of the world, thus solving our problem once and for all. Also, we have to help with the other pieces of life: shelter, food, and water. If we are able to solve the space issue, then that leaves just those three to go.

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