The Philippines today has a population of more or less 90,000,000 individuals. Through the years, mass media have been sounding the alarm that the country is on the brink of disaster due to an unchecked population.
But is the country —or for that matter, the whole world— really overpopulated?
Below is an excerpt from a report by the prestigious Population Research Institute:
According to the U.N. Population Database, the world’s population in 2010 will be 6,908,688,000. The landmass of Texas is 268,820 sq mi (7,494,271,488,000 sq ft).
So, divide 7,494,271,488,000 sq ft by 6,908,688,000 people, and you get 1084.76 sq ft/person. That’s approximately a 33′ x 33′ plot of land for every person on the planet, enough space for a town house.
Given an average four person family, every family would have a 66′ x 66′ plot of land, which would comfortably provide a single family home and yard — and all of them fit on a landmass the size of Texas. Admittedly, it’d basically be one massive subdivision, but Texas is a tiny portion of the inhabitable Earth.
Such an arrangement would leave the entire rest of the world vacant. There’s plenty of space for humanity.
The Philippines, as well as the whole world, is not overpopulated as what you are made to think. Don’t let Metro Manila’s congested and polluted cities fool you. Travel around the country, and see for yourselves the truth. There is just an imbalance in the natural order of things.
To state it more clearly: the rich have notoriously more than what they really need; the poor, lesser. That is the enemy.