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You are a citizen of a developing co Show more The Population Situation: An Exercise in Utilitarianism Part II You are a citizen of a developing country. The year is 2025 and your country is facing massive population growth. In the last decade alone it has seen a population growth of nearly 200 million people and demographics forecast continued rapid growth well into the next generation. The nation has also seen a rapid rise in industrial and commercial development both of which are wreaking havoc on the environment. Climatologists have noted a marked increase in the levels of air and water pollution. In addition the nations reliance on mono-crops has made it food-dependent on its trading partners; it can no longer feed its growing population on its own. This has resulted in some food shortages. The most promising option the state has at present is to try to stem the tide of population growth internally. Demographers have noted that primarily due to a tradition of raising large families and other cultural and religious mandates most of the states population growth is occurring among poorer rural sectors. Many families are comprised of up to ten children each. In some instances birth control is available but simply not used. In other instances no birth control or formal family planning education is provided. The affordability of contraception is also a concern. Culturally however it has been found to be taboo to discuss family concerns publicly. Yet the state knows that it is facing an impending food environmental political and even international crisis if something is not done immediately. What is the nation to do? The following policies have been proposed: 1. The nation should provide free contraception up to/including sterilization. 2 The nation should enact a one-child policy and prospective parents who wish an exception will have to apply for a license. 3. Parents should prepare an environmental impact statement for their families annually detailing the resources used. Families who exceed allotted resources for energy food etc. will be fined. or 4. Expectant mothers should be required to undergo genetic testing to ensure that each child has the potential to become a productive member of society. Part 2: Assuming a Role The government will be holding a series of regional meetings with local citizens to discuss the policy proposals. You will assume the role of someone in the community and it will be your job to provide input from the point of view of this person. For example if you are a teacher you will put yourself in the place of someone who teaches school in this community. Brainstorm considering how someone in your position might feel about the situation and the proposed policies. Do you have other suggestions? Then refine your work using concepts to write about. Show less

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