5 possible solutions to overpopulation

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If population growth is unsustainable, are there humane ways to limit it?

 

1) Empower women

Studies show that women with access to reproductive health services find it easier to break out of poverty, while those who work are more likely to use birth control. The United Nations Population Fund aims to tackle both issues at once, running microcredit projects to turn young women into advocates for reproductive health.

 

2) Promote family planning

Simply educating men and women about contraception can have a big impact. When Iran introduced a national family planning programme in 1989, its fertility rate fell from 5.6 births per woman to 2.6 in a decade. A similar effort in Rwanda saw a threefold increase in contraception usage in just five years.

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3) Make education entertaining

The US-based Population Media Center gets creative to reach women. Its radio soap operas, which feature culturally specific stories about reproductive issues, have been heard by as many as 500 million people in 50 countries. In Ethiopia, 63 per cent of women seeking reproductive health services reported tuning in.

 

4) Government incentives

Those at UK charity Population Matters believe there should be a senior government official responsible for addressing population-related issues. They urge governments to promote “responsible parenthood” and say subsidies should be limited to the first two children unless the family is living in poverty.

 

5) One-child legislation

During China’s high controversial one-child policy, fertility fell from six births per woman in the 1960s to 1.5 in 2014. However, Amnesty International reports that the policy led to coerced or forced abortions and sterilisations. It also disrupted traditional support structures for the elderly and led to a gender imbalance.

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  • dewdroppings

    I read that 30million female infants died in China death rooms and now brides are being abducted from neighboring countries!”

  • dewdroppings

    Also, Western countries with very low birth rates should allow young immigrant families to emigrate and help solve the problem!

  • ColinHenshaw

    Promote same-sex relationships, as they have opted out of the reproductive process. If there were enough of these, then the rest of the population could breed at the current rate without increasing the population.

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