I'm taking an environmental communication class, and we discuss a wide range of really interesting issues. One topic that's come up in light of the octuplet birth in California is the idea of population control. Population control might not be something we have to worry about for hundreds of years, so it won't be us, but rather it will become the problem of our grandchildren or their grandchildren.
Imagine a world even more crowded than it is today. I'm not really afraid of crowds, but I have an aversion. I tend to avoid the grocery store at prime shopping hours, such as the few hours when people are leaving work, or right before a winter storm approaches, or even in the hours leading up to a football game. I don't love parades, lines or any other place where I might end up a sardine. It's easy enough now to avoid these situations, but what about in the future?
It won't be long until we've filled the earth, and so then what?
An overpopulated planet risks resource depletion, limited food supply and more waste. It's easy to foresee a point in time where there are more people than there are homes or places to build homes. So what's the solution to population control? After being asked to ponder this same question, I realized there's no easy answer. How can a nation enforce population control without compromising one's morals and religious beliefs or without squandering basic human rights? Perhaps, we could start to think of this as a serious issue now, before it becomes one, and start a campaign that encourages individuals to limit their breeding in the name of common good. That was my best idea, but I wonder if readers have any better alternatives.