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Why the increase of the population affects us

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Over the last 60 years, the majority of third world countries where income is relatively low experienced population growth rates between 300% – 400%, while in first world countries the growth rate was between 30% – 50%. (World Bank data).

This fact is related to several factors, such as poverty, lack of sexual education, inaccessible contraceptive methods, and communities that are conservative and religious. In an era of one world and increased globalization, it is the responsibility of all nations and each and every one of us to control population growth.

Overpopulation is one of the main reasons for climate change, ocean pollution and extinction of different spices. According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an average person in the world produces 4 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year. The main sources for carbon dioxide emissions in the world are vehicles, gas, and burning wood, oil and coal. This toxic gas is harming our bodies, reducing the ozone level in the atmosphere, and increasing the frequency and severity of natural disasters.

An average person consumes about 50,000 kg of food during their lifetime. Food production is also causing climate change, eutrophication, acid rain and the depletion of biodiversity. This does not take into account water consumption or drinking beverages, which reduce our water resources in rivers and lakes.

We produce 335 million metric tons of plastic worldwide every year just to package food and beverages. We believe in motivating young women to develop their own career; teaching them how to defend their rights and freedom to choose; informing them about different contraceptive options; and, allowing them free access to them.

Together, we can build the necessary bridge between first and third world countries in order to reduce population growth and ensure a livable planet for many generations to come.

 

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