Urban Overcrowding Doesn’t Mean the World is Overpopulated

As for the Philippines, this country is not overpopulated as most pro-RH advocates insist.  Our urban areas are overcrowded but the rural sides tell a different story. And it is not overpopulation that has caused poverty in this nation.  Blame it on decades of wrong economic policies and neglect of rural development.

Population Research Institute (PRI) proudly announced the sixth episode of their highly popular YouTube cartoon series “Urbanization: Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad City?”.  

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Over the past hundred years, half the world’s population has moved country to city.  Megacities with ten million or more people have sprung up as countrysides have emptied out.

But urban overcrowding should not be mistaken for overpopulation. Heavy traffic, homelessness, and long lines are not symptoms of a global glut of people, but of people seeking the good life that cities offer.



One thought on “Urban Overcrowding Doesn’t Mean the World is Overpopulated

  • December 15, 2012 at 8:01 am

    According to the Global Footprint Network the people of the Philippines are consuming twice as much renewable resources than what is sustainable.

    Ecological footprint from consumption: 1.30
    Biocapacity: 0.62
    Ecological reminder: -0.68

    This means that at current consumption levels and current production methods (farming, logging, fishing, etc) the Philippines are overpopulated.

    Three main options are available in order to avoid future poverty, starvation, unemployment, civil unrest, etc:
    * Reduce population.
    * Use more sustainable production methods.
    * Reduce consumtion levels.

    I think all three needs to be adressed, especially since the Philippines has high birth rates.

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