Overpopulation is becoming a big issue. It’s a simple case of doing the maths, we have a lot of people and it’s going to get hard to feed them. There are things that can be done to help however.
One of the best defences against overpopulation is education. Educating women is at the forefront of this action and it’s an important thing to do. It’s often families that are the poorest that don’t have access to education, birth control, or options for their children. Birth control methods, whether natural or otherwise are out there yet some are still not aware of them. Providing women with the information they need to make the choice about their family size is vital.
Open dialogue is needed too. We need to address the issue of overpopulation and see about how we can rectify it. Are there ways to help people actively decide on the right family size for them? Are there ways to free more women from the burden of excessive child rearing? This is not just about developing countries either, young people everywhere need to be given the right information to make the right choices. Parents and carers need to be given the right tools to be open about the issue of reproduction and to give good advice to young people in their care.
Another way to help with the overpopulation issue is by using incentives. Tax breaks, or a reduction in levvies could be good ways to incentivise people to have less children. It sounds a little cynical, but as we are running out of room and resources, maybe it will become something that needs to be done.
When it comes to over population, we need to start talking, educating and thinking outside of the box. It’s a big old world, and we should be able to live together in harmony, we just need to figure out how.