ERIC Number: ED196776
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
World Population: The Present and Future Crisis. Headline Series 251.
Piotrow, Phyllis T.
This booklet focuses on demographic change during the 1980s and 1990s, with special emphasis on the social and political pressures of accelerated demographic growth. It is intended for use in classrooms, community discussion groups, and seminars. Two world population trends are designated as most likely to dominate the demographic picture in the near future--(1) high population growth rates in the impoverished developing countries contrasted with low population growth rates in relatively affluent industrial countries, and (2) greatly increased numbers of young people who will be asserting themselves economically, socially, and politically, and producing children during this period. Changes which have already been attributed to and/or exacerbated by population growth are discussed, including inadequate food supplies, pollution, rising energy costs, depleted resources, spreading unemployment, and urban blight. Three sources are suggested for seeking answers to the demographic riddles of the next few decades--demography (by calculating the theoretical possibilities from characteristics of the existing population); history (by looking at what happened to trigger specific declines in birthrates in regions that are now highly developed); and observation of changes in mortality and population growth rates in developing nations since the 1950s. The conclusion is that problems of population growth can best be solved by cooperative efforts of national governments, private agencies, and international organizations to increase public awareness of population issues and to translate that awareness into viable and effective policies and programs. (DB)
Descriptors: Demography, Depleted Resources, Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Family Planning, Futures (of Society), Global Approach, Population Distribution, Population Growth, Population Trends, Poverty, Social Change, Social Influences, Trend Analysis, World Problems
Foreign Policy Association, Inc., 205 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10016 ($2.00, quantity discounts available).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Foreign Policy Association, New York, NY.