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June 13, 2024

Is it necessary to limit population growth to protect the environment?




Total votes: 13

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  1. SensibleHalibut1
    40.5

    Yes, I do think it is important to limit the population growth in order to protect the environment. With population growing at such alarming rates, enviromental hazards are on the rise. Environmental …Read MoreYes, I do think it is important to limit the population growth in order to protect the environment. With population growing at such alarming rates, enviromental hazards are on the rise. Environmental resources are declining and pollution is on the rise. Hence it is important to try limiting poulation growth. Read Less

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  2. WittyDeer4
    28

    I do agree that population growth is a threat to the environment, but would need more information on what regulations and enforcement would be used in regards to restricting population growth. I think …Read MoreI do agree that population growth is a threat to the environment, but would need more information on what regulations and enforcement would be used in regards to restricting population growth. I think other problems could arise as a result and it would be difficult to get people on board. I think if it came down to a last resource it would be okay, but at the moment I’m just not sure and think there are other mechanisms we can use to fight climate change. Read Less

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  3. GenerousButterfly2
    10.5

    No. The threat on the environment isn’t coming from population growth but instead the distribution of resources. In my understanding, there are enough resources on the planet for everyone on earth to …Read MoreNo. The threat on the environment isn’t coming from population growth but instead the distribution of resources. In my understanding, there are enough resources on the planet for everyone on earth to have a good quality of life. It is the unsustainable and corrupted resource extraction and international power politics that prevents the environment from growing healthily alongside human life. The way forward is the implementation of better methods of redistribution rather than cutting down on population growth. Read Less

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  4. SincereCow2
    26

    While I appreciate human contributions to climate change and environmental degradation, population control would not solve this issue. Environmental threats are produced largely by major corporations …Read MoreWhile I appreciate human contributions to climate change and environmental degradation, population control would not solve this issue. Environmental threats are produced largely by major corporations and capitalistic pursuits rather than individuals. Further, government regulation over a matter as personal and private as having children is a drastic overreach that would cause more issues than it is worth to protect the environment. Read Less

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  5. CleverKoala3
    9

    Rather than focusing on population growth in relation to the environment, there should be focus on human activity and city planning. Approaching environmental issues through those two factors is an …Read MoreRather than focusing on population growth in relation to the environment, there should be focus on human activity and city planning. Approaching environmental issues through those two factors is an efficient way of creating solutions and easier to implement compared to population control. Read Less

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  6. CleverTiger3
    36

    There are many issues, but I’m not sure that limiting population growth is the answer. Controlling the population seems difficult, and there could be unintended consequences. Other strategies should …Read MoreThere are many issues, but I’m not sure that limiting population growth is the answer. Controlling the population seems difficult, and there could be unintended consequences. Other strategies should be implemented to first try to curtail environmental degradation before this drastic measure. Read Less

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  7. pool
    16.5

    Any policymaker that suggests forced limitations or regulation of the population should be carefully watched. Where is the arbitrary cutoff for how many kids someone can have? Will there be? …Read MoreAny policymaker that suggests forced limitations or regulation of the population should be carefully watched. Where is the arbitrary cutoff for how many kids someone can have? Will there be exceptions? How will this be enforceable or punishable? Beyond the obvious moral considerations, this seems to be a practical and logistical nightmare. Read Less

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  8. CleverHalibut
    18

    While there are some issues with the rising population in parts of the world, the issue is not large enough to where any significant action must be taken. There are some countries, especially Western …Read MoreWhile there are some issues with the rising population in parts of the world, the issue is not large enough to where any significant action must be taken. There are some countries, especially Western nations, where the population is or is on the verge of declining. The issue of how a policy like this would be enforced also raises significant concerns, policies such as eugenics were tragic, and it seems the methods to achieve this policy would have to be something along the same lines. Read Less

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  9. CalmElk
    13.5

    Different studies have shown different things for how population affects the climate. In the 80’s, it was popular to condemn population growth in favor of saving the environment, but this is less so …Read MoreDifferent studies have shown different things for how population affects the climate. In the 80’s, it was popular to condemn population growth in favor of saving the environment, but this is less so today. I believe that unless sectors such as agriculture and transportation seriously adapt their ways and their consequent negative impact on the climate, then population growth would have to slow in order to have enough resources for everyone. Read Less

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  10. BraveZebra5
    30

    One must create an environment for human beings, not the other way around. Ideally we can work to create a world where one doesn’t have to fail in order for the other to survive. We must transcend- …Read MoreOne must create an environment for human beings, not the other way around. Ideally we can work to create a world where one doesn’t have to fail in order for the other to survive. We must transcend zero-sum thinking. Read Less

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  11. CuriousPanda2
    97.5

    Limiting population growth would not be an effective way to protect the environment and stop climate change. This method has already been attempted by other countries, without significant success. In …Read MoreLimiting population growth would not be an effective way to protect the environment and stop climate change. This method has already been attempted by other countries, without significant success. In reality, it would likely create disgruntled citizens without lessening environmental harm. Individuals, and large corporations, need to learn how to be responsible for their harmful emissions and create innovative ways of solving the problem. Read Less

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