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The People Bomb

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									The People Bomb
Overpopulation has been said to be one of
the greatest challenges for humanity to
solve. Let’s look at the causes, effects, and
some potential solutions to the
overpopulation issue.
                     Causes
Birth control expensive (year’s supply in Ethiopia costs
   $40; average wage is $120/year)
Religion – according to Hindu tradition, funeral fire
   must be lit by a son
Son Mania – families favoring a son because women’s
   family must pay a dowry
High infant mortality rates – in developing countries,
   lots of babies die; people have large families so some
   can survive
Social security – no welfare, unemployment, or
   retirement plans; parents rely on kids to take care of
   them when they retire
Unequal treatment of women – women not having a say
   in how many kids to have
                 Effects

Poverty
Food Shortages
Increased Rich/Poor Gap
People relying on help from developed
countries
Resource depletion
                Solutions

Education – birth control, especially of
            women

Equality – of race and gender
Increased health care
Uncorrupt governments
Increased standard of living
Accessible birth control

								
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