The issue of Overpopulation seems to be still Taboo
Roughly 83 million people are added to the world’s population each year (Re.UN). At the same time, we can see that a great many people are already affected by climate change. And global warming could disrupt both agricultural production and the fishing sector almost all over the world. Clearly, we’ll have to fight to ensure that everyone has access to sufficient food. Amid this challenging environment, the United Nations Agenda 2030 set out a list of 17 goals to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. It includes the challenges related to poverty, inequality, climate and environment degradation. However, and it is not surprising, none of the 17 goals of this agenda has suggested that it might be necessary to slow the increase in human population. Yet, it is obvious that growing population will put a greater strain on the planet’s limited resources. Let us recall today that famine is still not eradicated. It is therefore easily understandable that feeding a world population which is expected to reach 9.8 billion by 2050 will be difficult to achieve. And of course, the poor will be the most affected by global warming. One striking example is Nigeria. As of 2019 the estimated population of the country is over 200 million. Nigeria is predicted to hit 390 million by 2050 and become the world’s third-most populous country. More and more scientists try to challenge the taboo of overpopulation’s impact on climate change. It really is time that the most important International Organizations take up this challenge with courage and at least have an open and democratic debate on this fundamental issue.