In the article, “Where are the people?” (The New York Times, Upfront) I learned about the decrease in world population and the implications it will have on society. Even in China, which is known to be a very populous country, ghost cities are showing up because very few people are living there anymore. The explanation for this decrease in the human population could be due to the increase in deaths and the decrease in births, which means that fewer women are having less (or none) children. The Pros of this decrease in population are that there would be less need for more resources like energy and food and the impacts of climate change would not increase as rapidly. However, this decrease can also have negative outcomes because the fewer young people on the planet mean that the elderly have fewer people to depend on to help pay for their services through taxes and labor.What do you think? Will the decrease of the human population benefit us or burden us?
I think that this sudden shift might be challenging for us, however, I think that we as a society can adapt to it. Fewer people are deciding to have lots of children, with the average dropping to two children, and this can spur more achievement for individuals who have personal goals. This is not to say that having a family and having children is a burden, because likewise, this could look like fulfillment for many individuals. However, trends in the human population demonstrate that fewer people are going in that direction.