2. Regarding whether or not improve developing countries’ health, I believe it to be absolutely necessary and should not have severe consequences on Earth’s carrying capacity



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2. Regarding whether or not improve developing countries’ health, I believe it to be absolutely necessary and should not have severe consequences on Earth’s carrying capacity. To begin with, I do not believe that our population issue should be addressed by neglecting the health and mortality of those countries that reproduce the most. Rather we should begin to understand and address the issue of excessive fertility rates in the first place. As we have come to learn, many of the motives behind family size between developed and developing countries vary greatly. For many families in developing countries, to them, the number of children they have may be what they depend on for survivability, often depending on their children to increase household income, to ensure that they are taken care of when of old age, or infant mortality rate is so high that they must have multiple children to increase the odds that they may keep some of their children. The issue surrounding this of course being poverty. On the contrary, if we can help these families plan for their children by lowering infant mortality rates, thus preventing the need to have excessive children, and making sure that they have at least minimal healthcare to ensure a healthy life, then we may begin to see a more stable fertility rate. This can certainly be improved further by addressing child labor adequately and increasing education accessibility and equality. The solution should not be to neglect these people all together, but rather help them stabilize and allow for more predictability.
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