Selfiegame was weak today, so I decided to do a video-selfie instead.
Not too long ago I read an article about a young woman, her husband and their eleven children. The comment section was mostly filled with heart emojis, smiley faces and phrases like "I'm so happy for you!" and "every child is a miracle!", which, of course, is nice. I'm glad people are so supportive and friendly towards others. What really upset me, however, was the comments encouraging her to 'don't listen to haters' because they 'don't know what they're talking about', and to have as many children as she wants, because it's nobody's business but hers.
"Wrong!", I wanted to shout. Because it is my business. It's your business, it's my business, it's your uncles business, your teachers business, the old catlady's business..
It's not our business what she names her children, what she feeds them, or how she dresses them. It's not our business what she teaches them, how old they are when they learn to walk or what their first words are. But I'd argue that it is, in fact, my business how many children she wants to give birth to. Let me tell you why:
In late 2016, there were 7,442 billion human beings living on this planet. According to UNICEF, 353,000 babies are born every single day. That is four births per second. The amount of people dying per second is two. So to summarize, for every person dying, two more are born. According to SOS there are 153 million orphans in this world. Last year only 9 thousand orphans were adopted worldwide.
What this means is that there are far more babies alive than there are people willing to care for them, which is sad.
As most of us are very well aware of, the world is already severely overpopulated. In fact, there are so many people living on this planet that scientists believe we only have a few years left until the damages caused by overpopulation wipes out the entire human race.
SO WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF OVERPOPULATION?
01 ♥ The Earth can only produce a limited amount of water and food, which is falling short of the current needs. Most of the environmental damage being seen in the last fifty years is because of the growing number of people on the planet. They are cutting down forests, hunting wildlife in a reckless manner, causing pollution.
02 ♥ The overuse of coal, oil and natural gas has started creating some serious effects on our environment. Rise in the number of vehicles and industries have badly affected the quality of air. Rise in amount of CO2 emissions leads to global warming. Melting of polar ice caps, changing climate patterns, and rising sea level are some of the consequences that we have to face due to environment pollution.
03 ♥ Overpopulation in developing countries puts a major strain on the resources it should be utilizing for development. Conflicts over water are becoming a source of tension between countries, which results in wars. Starvation and diseases are also big issues.
04 ♥ When a country becomes overpopulated, it gives rise to unemployment as there fewer jobs to support large number of people. Rise in unemployment gives rise to crime as people will steal various items to feed their family.
05 ♥ As difference between demand and supply continues to expand due to overpopulation, it raises the prices of various commodities including food, shelter and healthcare. This means that people have to pay more to survive and feed their families.
I'm not a cold and heartless person, and I'm not saying "don't have children". What I am saying, is "think twice about the amount of children you give birth to, because there are no actions without consequences". I understand that having a child that is biologically yours, a person carrying your DNA, is important to a lot of people, so by all means, have a child. In fact, have two. But if you want a big family, why not, instad of giving birth to four, five, six ++ children, give birth to two, and then adopt the rest? That way, you get the big family you want, but instead of adding to the (over)population, you are actually making yourself useful by giving an orphan a home.
Don't be so (excuse my language) fucking selfish, because taking care of the planet is also your responsibility, as much as it is mine, the kings' and f'ing Donald Trumps!