A strapped Earth can ill afford any more babies

By Chris Johnson |Staff Writer|

Baby making has reached a new high as the human population reached seven billion on Halloween day according to The Huffington Post.

Can the Earth afford seven billion people? Can we even implement ways to manage population growth in the near future?

I personally feel that we have never been able to sufficiently support the population–not 10, 20, or even 100 years ago.

Greed is the true issue that must be managed and we won’t be able to care for everyone as long as greed takes priority over all. For example, on a global scale Africa was a country of abundance when it came to resources, landscape and proud people.

Now it is sad to say that after centuries of being exploited by other countries, Africa is the poster child for feed the children commercials.

On the local level, inner cities throughout America are struggling daily with poverty, social injustice and crime according UCR Professor Mike Davis’s article “Fortress LA.”

As urbanization continues to grow in developed nations, places like San Bernardino will be negatively impacted as already one in three residents live in poverty, according to The Sun.

Social security, housing, college admissions and competition for the already slim financial aid will all be negatively effected as the population rises. I believe these issues will not be fully addressed by our local or national governments.

In order to reduce poverty in our cities we must fight to keep jobs from being outsourced, fight to keep our own local businesses alive and put our money back into our poverty-stricken communities.

Our system is designed for inner cities to be the workhorse of our nation. That workhorse was put down a long time ago however.

As our population continues to grow, more people will have to endure a harsh life fighting and scrapping against other poor to achieve the “American Dream.”

For many of the larger cities in the world, the population growth has continued, especially in the urban environment and those tend to be poorer cities, according to James Fenelon, a sociology professor at CSUSB.

We are the 99 percent, yet that one percent controls a majority of the money and has the authority to make decisions on resource distribution.

These people have what some people call “old money,” which is money inherited from generation to generation that has been multiplying along the way.

For the rest of us the definition of old money is the change that has been sitting in our piggy bank for the last couple of years.

Our world is evolving and shall continue to expand whether people like it or not.
We must make the necessary adjustments for the betterment of all people and not just the select few.

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