Topic: The continued rise in the world’s population is the greatest problem faced by humanity at the present time. What are the causes of this continued rise? Do you agree that it is the greatest problem faced by humanity?

Nowadays, there is an increasingly widespread concern that humans are having to face the problem of population growth. Personally, I agree that this is the greatest issue of the whole civilization, and believe that the main cause of this phenomenon is humans’ superstitions.

The overpopulation stems from traditional thoughts of people. Many people still hold a belief that boys are much better than girls. For example, these days, in many Asian countries, gender discrimination has become common. A lot of families would prefer a boy to a girl. Therefore, most of them try to give birth until they have a son. Consequently, this has significantly affected the world’s population. According to a study of scientists in Vietnam, there have been thousands of families losing control of their birth, with over 10 children per family on average every year. Additionally, lots of parents believe that having many children in a family makes their home happier. Obviously, these wrong views of humans are the main culprit of the increase in global population.

In my opinion, this phenomenon is the greatest problem for humanity. The boom in population is mainly responsible for several disasters in the world, which has been seriously affecting people’s life. First of all, population overshoot leads to a greater amount of carbon footprint, causing the rise in temperature of the Earth. As a result, natural disasters such as droughts or floods happen more often, leading to the destruction of facilities and crops. Recently, in many South Asian countries, a large number of people have been suffering from famine and homelessness. Clearly, the fast-growing population brings various problems to mankind.

In conclusion, I believe that humans’ conventional beliefs are the main cause of overpopulation, which is the most serious problem that all human beings have to deal with.

file build 144of the whole civilization

Civilizations have come and gone on Earth, Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Indus, Mayan, Aztec, Roman, and others: which one are you referring to by using 'the' ?

file build 144 humans’ superstitions

'Human' is little used as a possessive as it is also an adjective: that is, 'human superstitions' would also be possible. Also, 'human' is often used in contrast to alien, animal, robotic, or automation, or machinery. Are you suggesting that there are other beings on Earth apart from people that have superstitions?

file build 144The overpopulation

Which overpopulation? Is there more than one? We are already confining our discussion to homo sapiens sapiens.

file build 144has become common

This suggest a new phenomenon. I thought gender discrimination was common in the past also.

file build 144A lot of


file build 144try to give birth until they have a son

keep having children until they have a son ?

file build 144 losing control of their birth

Are you referring to lack of contraception, or abortions, or miscarriages, or what?

file build 144 Obviously

No, it is not obvious at all. It is up to you to prove your case.

file build 144 humans

This word is not a universal substitute for 'people'. See comment above.

file build 144people’s life

Singular or plural?

As semi-nomadic hunter-gatherers, our species have a interval between births of 3-4 years. In agricultural societies the birth interval is halved, and this is an underlying driver of overpopulation. In some countries population was limited by agricultural production and sometimes fell as a result of agricultural disasters such as irrigation failures, blight, and climate change. See Irish potato famine, history of Greenland settlements, Mesopotamia. The present booming population, which has trebled over the last seventy years, has only been sustained by the use of agro-chemicals to boost production.