Friday, October 15, 2010

Population outburst

Hi, this is my first blog post. Hence bear me! Dont think that I am up with yet another school topic, yes it is a school topic but it is a topic which decides the future of planet earth.

We are of a nation with 1.2 billion people. Right now we have second largest population in the world and we are expected to overtake China in 2030 (Yuppieeeee! :P). We have 2.4% of world's land mass yet we account for a scorching 17.5% of the world's population!

There are lots of problems the world is facing right now, almost all of them are directly or indirectly dependent on Population crisis. For problems such as: Pollution, Deforestation, Global warming, Poverty, crisis for food and fresh water, un-employment, depletion of fossil fuel, threat to last of wildlife and its habitat etc etc etc . . . population can be accounted for!

It can be summed rightly that the root causes for above are: Population and Education. If people are properly educated about those problems they can be solved, I guess. Population crisis can be eradicated with proper education.

So how can the population explosion be controlled? Simple, DISOBEY the current government scheme "Hum do, hamare do". Yes guys, its time to put that phrase into trash. Its time for: "One family, one child".

Pretty simple math will explain how the latter will be useful:

1. Say if 2 families have 2 children each, they will in-turn contribute to 2 families in future. This is never ending, the tree remains the same, unless a pair decide to have one more child, the tree expands even more!

2. On the other hand, if each family had only one child, 4 families will contribute 2 families to the next generation. They in-turn will yield only 1 family in the future.

"Hum do, Hamare do":

"One family, one child":

Thus it is evident that the new scheme must be voluntarily accepted by the citizens of this country. We must not wait for the government to impose rules on us, it is our responsibility to resolve the problem since we have understood it. The choice we make now will surely decide our fate in the future.

Some of the eminent thinkers and naturalists have identified problems derived out of population crisis:

Sir David Attenborough says: “The human population can no longer be allowed to grow in the same old uncontrolled way. If we do not take charge of our population size, then nature will do it for us and it is the poor people of the world who will suffer most.”

There is a series called "Life of Mammals" by BBC. In the last episode "Food for thought", sir David Attenborough describes the fall of highly civilized Mayan culture and its people. The cause for this fall being, surprisingly - Population:

The domestication of cattle led to farms and then to villages. With vastly increased food supplies, the number of human beings sophisticated advances in architecture, mathematics & astronomy. However the Maya couldnt sustain their population - and Attenborough warns we may be precariously close to a similar catastrophe: "Three and a half million years separate the individual who left these footprints in the sands of Africa from the one who left them on the moon! A mere blink in the eye of evolution. Using his burgeoning intelligence, this most successful of all mammals has exploited the environment to produce food for an ever-increasing population. In-spite of disasters when civilizations have over reached themselves, that process has continued, indeed accelerated, even today. Now mankind is looking for food not just on this planet but on others. Perhaps the time has now come to put that process into reverse. Instead of controlling the environment for the benefit of the population, perhaps its time we control the population to allow the survival of the environment".

This is what Carl Sagan has to say:
"At present there are about 6 billion humans. In 40 years, if the doubling time stays constant, there will be 12 billion; in 80 years, 24 billion; in 120 years, 48 billion. ... But few believe the Earth can support so many people. Because of the power of this exponential increase, dealing with global poverty now will be much cheaper and much more humane, it seems, than whatever solutions will be available to us many decades hence. Our job is to bring about a worldwide demographic transition and flatten out that exponential curve—by eliminating grinding poverty, making safe and effective birth control methods widely available, and extending real political power (executive, legislative, judicial, military, and in institutions influencing public opinion) to women. If we fail, some other process, less under our control, will do it for us."

Stress on these parts of the quotes: David Attenborough - "...If we do not take charge of our population size, then nature will do it for us..." and Carl Sagan's - "...If we fail, some other process, less under our control, will do it for us..."

It is evident that the problem will be tackled, but by us or nature? The choice is ours!

I found a humorous statement somewhere while surfing, check it out:

What If 'Hum Do, Hamare Do' Had Worked?
For starters, the population of India today, based on crude birth and death rates, would have been 610 million. But, then, Sachin Tendulkar would not have happened...

This holds good for "One family, one child" policy too, now should I re-consider the post? :P