Every census in every country indicates a bleak existence on the horizon unless the nations of the world unite to manage overpopulation figures. There are food shortages to look forward to, an end to fossil fuel, and a battle for arable land and water as population explosions jeopardize every precious global resource.
The Coming of the Centenarian Age
As disease and health issues are conquered, we find developed societies filling with citizens living to ripe old ages. Even developing nations are experiencing infrastructure improvements, and healthcare isn’t far behind. Consequently, people are living longer than ever, well into their 90’s and beyond. A recent survey conducted by the National Institute on Aging concurs with this assessment, showing a projected 400 percent rise in people living into their centenarian years.
Defining the Obvious Issues
Economical problems are only the tip of the iceberg in this scenario. The labor market can’t support millions of people drawing retirement funds for 35 years. Consequently, hard-working individuals will have to adapt to retiring at age 70 or 75. Next, though many of those older citizens will remain healthy, a substantial number of them will require healthcare, the provision of medical resources to cope with disease and disabilities. A foundation in gerontology, a masters in aging degree or advanced program, is needed to fully understand the sociological and biological ramifications of this global age-related issue and the role of the family in coping with the fallout.
Handling the Complexity of Overpopulation
Birth control awareness and education is the World Health Organization’s initial solution to this complex problem. Overpopulation figures monitored by WHO show a forecast population total of approximately 9.1 billion by the year 2050. To contain or even reduce this booming population growth, education is an imperative. Also, perhaps more drastically, the standard family model has to change. China has already instigated this strategy by committing to a one child per family policy, but other nations may have to follow this example in order to stabilize population figures.
Family planning may be forced to take on a more dynamic operational model in the future, taxing families for having more than one child, implementing family planning programs, and changing the very role of the family to encourage several generations to live under one roof. WHO paints a worrying picture, but education and politically-backed family planning schemes will seek to address the worst of the problems while overpopulation figures are closely monitored for trend changes.