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7.6 billion people and the number continues to grow every single day. Carrying capacity – one of the biggest problems of our time. How much more can our planet fit?The term “carrying capacity” refers to a specific amount of people, animals etc. our planet can support without environmental degradation. (__________) Population growth plays a central role in the concept of “carrying capacity”. Overall population keeps growing and the question is – for how long Earth’s resources will be enough to support a normal life?I strongly believe that we have a problem with carrying capacity of our planet. There are many factors that make me think of why it is an issue, but the following three concern me the most: the availability of resources in the long run, the influence of a large number of people on the environment and the look into the future.To begin with, one of the biggest concerns I have is the availability of resources in the long run. Every single person worldwide deserves food, water, energy etc. In the current time with all the events taking place, it becomes clear that some resources will not last long. Starting from the clean water, which as some researches suggest 2.1 billion people lack safe drinking water at home. (_______________) Therefore, we can assume what is going to happen when our population will double. Similar thing occurs with some other natural resources.Human consumption of natural resources first exceeded planet’s ability to regenerate them in 1970’s. Many experts have already suggested that with the current usage of natural resources, it will be hard to nearly impossible to maintain them in the long run.Second, with the growing number of people we have now, in order to support normal existence, we are damaging our environment and no doubt, the quality of life suffers. The impact of industrialization significantly changed the chemical constituents of the atmosphere. (_________) Oceans and rivers are being polluted, planet is facing global warming and natural disasters became a frequent phenomenon. We can’t ignore the fact that humans are the main reason why our planet suffers. By using modern techniques, trying to make our life easier, we drain the Earth without much concern for future generations. Just for the past decades, with an increase of chemical plants, pollution across the world had tripled. Car fumes had poisoned big cities, and oceans wallowed in garbage. Deforestation across the world became a norm, leading to migration and death of hundreds of animals.Last but not least, is the question about the future of our humanity. What will our world look like in 100 or 200 years? The question whether there will be enough space is only one side of an issue. Some people who don’t think of carrying capacity as a problem say that it will take long time until we reach the number that our planet won’t be able to support, giving examples of low fertility rates across Europe and other developed countries. But even though some countries may indeed have low fertility rates, it doesn’t apply to many places, especially developing countries, where there is progressive population. On the other side there are people who don’t care much about this problem, and instead of educating on this issue, neglect it, leaving others unaware of how to help to our planet.All in all, population keeps growing and the question about carrying capacity remains open. I place my hope on the young generation and strongly believe that with more awareness worldwide we will be able to solve this problem and together create a better future that we most definitely deserve.