Population Growth

According to Ken Smail,in his writing titled, “Let’s Reduce Global Population!”, it is quite possible that the population growth on earth has already surpassed its limits. He also suggests that the planets “carrying capapacity” may only be half the number of people we already have and our time to reverse this is running out fast. Today, there are over 6 billion people on earth and this number is predicted to grow to 8-9 billion by the year 2050. The majority of this growth consisting of people living in conditions ranging from mild deprivation to severe deficiency. Currently, only 20% of the world population is living at an adaquate standard, while a extremely concerning 80% are living in poverty. I find all of this information to be very alarming. I often wonder how the earth can continue to accomodate a continually growing population. I feel that people need to start taking this issue much more seriously; there are only so many natural resources on this planet and the effects of excessive reproduction and overconsumption of resources is undoubtably going to catch up with us. Smail suggests, that to ensure the earths conservation and possibly reverse the damage already done, the population would need to dramatically decrease its population to 2-3 billion within the next two centuries. I believe most of us can agree that this seems almost impossible to achieve. So what does the future hold regarding this frightening issue? I am not sure but to begin to tackle it I agree with Smail who states that, “If we can collectively come to regard ourselves more as the Earth’s long-term stewards than its absolute masters,” maybe we can resolve this more effectively.

By: Melissa

Women and the Birth of Sociology

To say that woman have been “written out” of sociology’s history means that they were acknowledged by their peers at the time but their accomplishments seemed to be erased from record. I believe this is due to the fact that although their findings were just as intellectual as the men’s, they were still not entirely accepted by society due to gender, class, and race. The founding women sociologists all concentrated, understandably, on women’s studies; the effects women had on society in many different aspects of life. I believe that this was instrumental in the study of sociology considering that women, just as importantly as men, play such an vital role. I believe that it is extremely important that we recognize the contributions of sociology’s women founders because it is a large part of the history of sociology. Also these women studied significant issues which are just as valuable as the men’s studies and should not go unnoticed. Lastly, I would like to point out that the fact that these women were “written out” of sociology’s history shows that during those times there was such an enormous bias against women, that in itself is something that needs to be recognized when studying sociology today.