White Paper—RowanAnnouncer

  1. Overpopulation.
  2. Global overpopulation.
  3. Positive and negative effects of overpopulation.
  4. Thriving nations and their overpopulation positives and negatives.
  5. Thriving vs least developed nations positives and negatives of overpopulation.
  6. The current overpopulation rates of thriving vs least developed nations poses many positives and negatives for their future development.

Source 1- Population and Poverty

Article by UNFPA

Population and poverty. United Nations Population Fund. (2014). Retrieved October 13, 2021, from https://www.unfpa.org/resources/population-and-poverty. 

This article illustrates the connection between poverty and population. Poverty is influenced by, and influences, population dynamics, including population growth, age structure, and rural-urban distribution. Investments in better health, including reproductive health, are essential to individual security which will improve the productivity and development prospects. Access to family planning will affect a country through voluntary fertility reduction and help break women out of intergenerational cycles of poverty. The more poverty, the more likely overpopulation will increase based on their poor living conditions. A country’s economic growth is shaped by overarching trends. Investing in young people’s education and health in large youth populations with declining fertility rates will see an economic boom soon after.

Source 2- U.S Global Coalition Tribute Dinner Feb 2, 2011. Remarks by Bill Gates

Transcript Bill Gates remarks – U.S. Global Leadership Coalition . U.S. Global Leadership Coalition . (2011, February 11). Retrieved October 13, 2021, from http://www.usglc.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/TRANSCRIPT-Bill-Gates-remarks.pdf. 

This Tribute Dinner has Bill Gates as the keynote speaker tasked with obtaining funds for his worldwide poverty eradication movement. Mr. Gates speaks about the possibility of the Gov spending funds from the perspective of a “businessman” while further promoting the idea that “investing in the world’s poorest people is the smartest way our government can spend money.” He continues to say, “I believe that the world will be a safer place if there is enough food to go around… it will be a more stable place if children grow up with opportunities instead of frustrations.” Mr. Gates illustrates how “in the future, the growth of these developing economies will be an engine for our own economy,” and continues by saying “our success is tied to the progress of those around us, and the investments we make today will help create the jobs of tomorrow.” Gates issues a warning on the importance of Global Fund saying, “when Global Fund is stolen, it costs lives, but we shouldn’t respond to the findings that a small portion of Global Fund has been misspent by calling for cuts because that will also cost lives.” The financial support of Global Fund will help the development of not only the poverty stricken nations, but in-turn, our own. 

Source 3- Can we reduce poverty with human capital? Narrated by Bill Gates.

(2018). Can We Reduce Poverty with Human Capital? Retrieved October 12, 2021, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swCxEmsXPs0&t=4s. 

Living in poverty means you have to think about your next meal all the time. Bill Gates states, “an extremely poor family only has access to the food they grow.” A bad harvest or cattle shortage will lead to a food shortage. Sub-Saharan Africa is only accounted for about 10% of overpopulation but it is estimated that in 2050, they will be accounted for about 80%. This problem needs to be addressed by funding these countries to decrease their poverty. Mr. Gates says, “babies will be born in the toughest circumstances in the most challenging places in the world,” continuing to say that, “they will be spending most of their time as a family/individual seeking out their next meal instead of their education and developing assets.” There needs to be extra investments in these really tough places to help development. To solve poverty reduction, there needs to be investments in education and health systems for the young.

Source 4- Will saving poor children lead to overpopulation? Narrated by Hans Rosling.

(2014). Will saving poor children lead to overpopulation? Retrieved October 12, 2021, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkSO9pOVpRM. 

Firstly, Hans Rosling contradicts the beliefs of communists by saying that “saving the poor children’s lives is required to end population growth.” 2 out of 7 billion people live in poverty. Those 2 billion have, on average, 5 children per family. With an expected 1 child death, this family will be succeeded by 4 children which increases population growth. The remaining 5 billion people are succeeded by 2 children per family, thus evening out population growth. Decreasing poverty will decrease population growth because parents in poverty have more children due to their tragically large mortality rates. To account for these mortality rates, the family has more children. Rosling lastly explains the problem by saying, “the longer poor children keep dying, and this change is delayed, the more billions will be added to the world.”

Current State of Research Paper-

The amount of sources needs to increase three or four fold, but I’ve made substantial progress and I am happy with the results. The continuation of the process of obtaining sources will increase my ability to write a good paper. The topic I choose gives plenty of new and interesting information to discover so I’m intrigued to learn more. 

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2 Responses to White Paper—RowanAnnouncer

  1. davidbdale says:

    It’s good to see sources, RA, but we need your Hypothesis(es) here too, and as many of the other required/recommended sections as possible. Thanks.


  2. davidbdale says:

    Thank you for the Update, the addition of your Hypothesis, and the Current State section. I’m happy to see the progress you’re making and delighted that you’re feeling confident about the project. Before you get too far down the road of grabbing every source that relates to population growth, good or bad and for any number of reasons, RA, I want to caution you to instead focus your narrow attention on a single aspect of this very big issue. Calling population growth “overpopulation” is already a very clear ethical and qualitative claim that there are too many people being born to satisfy some metric or other, so you can eliminate any benefits of having “too many people.”

    UNLESS . . . unless you want to go counter to the common path and insist that, at least so far, there’s no such thing as OVERpopulation; there’s only population growth and, in a few places, too many people in one place.

    I will need you to Reply before I offer any additional feedback. Thanks!

    But, either way, there’s very little value to an essay that enumerates benefits or drawbacks just to enumerate them. We care not that there are three or five or twenty-two disadvantages of population growth. We DO care if you can surprise us with the one that deserves our attention either because it’s so obviously solvable once we pay attention to it, or because it will surely spell the extinction of all life on earth if it’s not addressed. You see what I mean.


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