I have been listening to this song called “Never Give Up” by Sia. It is about young boys in India who are running away from guards who are trying to catch these children who have nothing who are stealing goods. The premise of the song is to keep going despite adversity. I had thought about how India is considered “overpopulated” often times by extremists in society, and I wanted to talk about this topic today.:)

“Overpopulation” is a term used often by extremists in society about India.

I’ve heard the belief in some arenas of our society and globally saying that there is overpopulation. I don’t know why this concept has hit me so hard today, but I wanted to speak on it. I feel that society uses this term in stating that there are not enough resources for most people in third world nations who most struggle.

There are three definitions that I wanted to share with you about “overpopulation.”

Renewable Resources Coalition Group says, “Poverty is believed to be the leading cause of overpopulation. A lack of educational resources, coupled with high death rates leading to higher birth rates, result in impoverished areas seeing large booms in population.”https://www.renewableresourcescoalition.org/overpopulation-causes-effects-solutions/

“Overpopulation occurs when the population of the world reaches an undesirable number that exceeds its carrying capacity.” A. every person has value and Jesus made the earth large enough to carry more people on earth than are even alive today with my point being there are never too many people that will ever cause the earth to have an issue with capacity.  Our earth was designed to hold trillions of people. There are many reasons for this topic to come up according to many sites. The causes for “overpopulation” are: child labor, poor contraception use, poverty, immigration, reduced mortality rate, and fertility treatments. https://www.renewableresourcescoalition.org/overpopulation-causes-effects-solutions/


Child Labor: The causes of child labor. Poverty, lack of education (there are no places for them to get an education), parental lack of education leads to children’s lack of education, disability, addiction and disease, a lack of adherence to the law, factory owners, companies and shopkeepers allow children to work at their facility working them the same amount as adults but paying them half the amount they work.

Child Labour in India

These are just a few causes of child labor. It all boils down to a corrupt government that strips people’s basic rights away from them.

Another cause is poor use of contraception: I heard someone say something to the effect of “If we give them contraception they are still left with a lack of education and food and water.” I believe that approaching the issues and trying to solve the lack of resources through trying to stop the population is still leaving a gap. If we do indeed allow people to not be able to have more children, like people in India, this act will still leave them with a government that is broken, and an education system that favors boys over girls, and a crisis situation of water and food supplies. Less people does not mean that there are more opportunities for those around, it merely means what it states, less people. Contraception has one purpose which is to reduce the number of children a woman bares, it doesn’t help them with their education or help stop sexually transmitted diseases and isn’t used as a tool to talk about abstinence. Women should be taught that their bodies are to be valued by the man they marry not be used for harm in prostitution.  Contraception won’t stop precious women from doing prostitution because they feel they do not have another option or way to get help. The women need jobs. They need to be given jobs and an education. Contraception seems like it ‘fixes life problems’ but in fact it just leaves women still without the same opportunities they had before they didn’t have contraception.

Poverty: It is the overarching issue, along with the corrupt government first and foremost, that causes the “issue” of “overpopulation.”  But it is not the amount of people itself that cause poverty, it is the corrupt government. India does NOT need someone controlling their population, they need someone providing them with helpful resources. Poverty contributes to the lack of basic essentials. In India thousands if not millions of people do not have water, food and an education AND they live in harsh conditions.

Immigration: What are the causes of immigration? BBC states,”People migrate for many different reasons. These reasons can be classified as economic, social, political or environmental: … political migration – moving to escape political persecution or war. environmental causes of migration include natural disasters such as flooding.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/migration/migration_trends_rev2.shtml

Fertility Treatment: This story says it all. Fertility Awareness in the Developing World

Education and Contraception: In foreign countries the ticket out of poverty is education. https://en.unesco.org/gem-report/sites/gem-report/files/girls-factsheet-en.pdf I feel that we can’t empower women by giving them contraception because the ability to not bare children will still leave them in the same financial state and struggles that they had before. Contraception won’t stop precious women from doing prostitution because they feel they do not have any other out. Also, it is important to talk about risks to sex outside of marriage, but I feel that contraception is not the education needed. Kids should be taught about the beautiful gift of life that comes through sex. Also, contraception is no way to stop child brides etc.

Education is the way out of poverty. Our nation emphasizes all the time the need to be educated AND WE CAN HELP OTHER NATIONS by supporting their local schools to help them.

The concept of “overpopulation” is based off of eugenics.  This is great to try to help humanity, but I think that in saying there are too many humans, population control groups believe, it defeats the heart that should come with helping them which is seeing their intrinsic worth in never considering that there are “too many.”  This mindset of believing there are “too many people” also intertwines with the mindset that the people who are in hard situations are better off not even being alive.

From 6 Dreadful Overpopulation Facts and Statistics By Crystal Lombardo the site states, “The most recent reports also show that about 783 million people, which are about 10% of the world population, are lacking access to quality drinking water. In the US, there are more than 1.43 million unplanned births happening every year.” I personally found the statement talking about the amount of people and the lack of water a poor reason to consider that we have population issues. We do not have issues with the amount of people, we have issues with resources and allowing humans to not be made.

I found it odd that the human rights groups seem to embrace such a statement above.

All in all the heart of “population control” groups are to reduce the amount of people in third world countries and this act won’t stop child labor, help people have an education, help with “fertility treatments”, basic essential needs met, mortality rates etc.

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