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Until recently, the term “population growth” has always been regarded in a positive manner; still many people believe that a growing human population results in a growing economy. While many people debate whether a reduction in our total numbers is necessary, others debate what the effects would be. Not only does our population affect the economy, but also our environment, education, quality of life, and everything around us depends on how we react to this growing problem. Our population is growing and we must decide how we will react and what effects our actions will have.
Many researchers and writers have differing views on whether population reduction is necessary, Ozzie Zehner, author of “The Environmental Politics of Population and Overpopulation,” makes valid arguments using his own research into the field. Zehner states that the nonprofit Optimum Population Trust advocates for the reduction of human population to one and two billion people, allowing each inhabitant to live at a high standard of living. Although this claim seems drastic at first, Zehner defends why we need t…