Is there anyway to slow down habitat loss while still increasing the population?



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    Slow it down, sure.  It would be a lot of work, and there’s probably a lot of people who don’t really want to, but yes, there are things that we as humans could do differently to slow down habitat loss while our population continues to grow.  Habitat loss is essentially a consequence of our overuse of resources, such as trees, mined materials, oil, pollutants and space.  Not only do our consumption habits mean that certain resources aren’t available for other living beings, but the means by which we obtain certain resources (such as oil drilling and mining) and the means by which we dispose of others (land fills and pollution) can cause massive damage to habitats.  The way to slow down habitat loss then, would be to use these things sparingly — recycle and reuse things like wood, paper, and metals; minimize our oil consumption; live in smaller houses; use compostable or biodegradable materials whenever possible.  Another way we could reduce our impact on habitats is to replace and rebuild as much of the destroyed habitats as we can.

    On the other hand, given the enormity of our population and the amount of resources we monopolize and/or destroy, such actions would probably have limited effects.  The simple fact of the matter is that there’s only so much Earth to go around, and the more of it we use or senselessly waste, the less there will be for the rest of the population of living organisms.  Slowing or reversing population growth is in many ways a necessary step towards restoring a natural balance and preserving the Earth’s resources.

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