Overpopulation isn't really much of an issue

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  1. Seliph
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    People make a big deal out of overpopulation but in the grand scheme of things it isn't a huge problem. First of all there is a lot of unused land that people could live on currently and second of all there's a pretty equal amount of people dying and being born so the population is pretty stable. The only way I can see this being an issue is in dense areas like India and (I think) New York.
    Might be wrong, feel free to obliterate my opinion if you wish but this is how I see it.
     
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    Problem is sustainability. As you reffered, India is one of them. Overpopulation drains resources and mantains poverty. That's why Melinda Gates sells the idea o contraception as a way to reduce poverty.

    In modern countries where there is increase of population, there are also some problems associated with it, namely the collective ecological footprint and resource drainage, but population tend to decrease there.
     
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    If you have a free hour, watch this:
     
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    Also iirc (correct me if I'm wrong please) first world countries are having fewer and fewer babies. Japan is even having a issue with not having enough babies. The issue lies with third world countries that are already crowded where people are having more and more babies. Once again please correct me if I'm wrong on any of this since it's been a while since I've read up on this.
     
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    First the population isn't stable but ever growing we will soon reach 8billion

    Secondly i don't like hoomans so the least the better
     
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    Actually 3rd world countries are stabilizing, too
     
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    Overpopulation will lead to a depeletion in livestock and resources, which will lead to famines and diseases.
    The world has to many people.
     
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    Currently its not that big of an issue except in very densely populated places. Eventually it can and will become an issue, but were in the future we'll invent something fucking cool
     
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    Good to hear if it's true, I remember the big fear for a while being already overpopulated countries getting even more people crowded in
     
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    Yeah, watch the presentation I linked. The info is presented in a really fucking cool way and the guy has an adorable Swedish old man accent
     
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    There are ways we could be far more efficient to support an even greater population. I can imagine a future where agribusiness gets a huge boost with entrepreneurs offering better farming techniques to support a growing population. Same with real estate, the medical industry, and more. I see opportunity for smart engineers and moguls. A lot of people tend to think very pessimistically when it comes to issues like overpopulation, but I like to see the fantastic opportunities in solving such a problem. And it's definitely not as insidious as the eugenics that some people are proposing. Bill Nye Saves the World comes to mind, where he essentially suggests implementing population control policies akin to China's One-Child policy.
     
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    Traffic is bad enough where I live. So more people would imply more traffic and I am against that.
     
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    We all die eventually though, right?
     
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    But that's no reason to disregard the present as if it's all in vain!
    If we're all gonna die anyways, then why not live while you can? Pop a cold one or something.
     
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    Speak for yourself.
     
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    This video is very informative :ok_hand:
    While your statement is true, you have to keep mind that the more people are being born than people who are dying.
     
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    Check this video, it resumes all I've would say about this (duration 8:22):

     
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    This video pretty much sums up anything I had to say on the topic, although I was going to focus more on the role of giving women in third-world countries more control over their lives.
     
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    Exactly, that's what feminism should be focusing on!
     
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    this map is people per unit of farmable land (arable).

    As you can see, we are fairly OK at the moment. However, the truth is that we also have the problem of farmers per arable.

    If all unit of arable land were being farmed, then the world would be fine. But that isn't the case.