Hi, need to submit a 500 words essay on the topic Unit 5 Science Individual Project.
It is a well known and reported fact that the current population of the world is more than six billion and a half billion and it is only increasing on a daily basis (CIA, 2007). This increase is certainly putting a strain on our food resources, availability of fresh water, distribution of energy resources, health services, education services and many other problems that are being faced by developing nations (BBC, 1999). Sadly, the situation is also worst in developing nations while many developed nations may have to face the problem of falling population rates, a growing number of elderly and not enough people in the workforce (King & Elliott, 1996).
Of course there must be something that can be done about it and the United Nations itself has made many different recommendations to developing countries to help them achieve some level of control over their growing populations. However, it does appear that we are fighting a losing battle since the population of the world is still increasing and it is showing little signs of stabilization. In fact, at our present rate of expansion the population of the world has been estimated to rise to eleven billion humans by the end of this century (BBC, 1999).
This is clearly unacceptable since we do not have the present technology nor the availability of resources to feed even the present population and a rise of almost hundred percent could only reduce our ability to handle the situation. If we do not control population increases and also do not drastically work towards providing an acceptable standard of life for the rest of the world we are simply heading towards disaster and conflict between the haves and the have-nots.
The highest recommendation which can be made is to create awareness and educate people about the population situation. The UN is already working towards establishing programs for