Clearly population growth is a problem, but how do we fix it? Experts suggest tackling the areas with the highest rates of growth by providing education on family planning and making modern contraceptives available in developing countries as starting points. Researchers estimate more than 215 million women around the world would delay or stop having children if these two resources were available to them.
But reducing our rate of population growth alone will not solve our energy consumption issue. Instead, experts say we must also find cleaner, more efficient sources of energy, cut back on our current consumption and push governments for stricter regulations. Little steps like switching to energy-efficient appliances and fluorescent light bulbs, or using programmable thermostats are ways homeowners can conserve, as well. Whatever the solution, experts agree a group effort around the globe is needed if there is any hope of change.