This post is going to be the metamorphosis of my second-semester research round on overpopulation…
A. What challenges did you overcome throughout this inquiry project? How did you go about overcoming these challenges?
Some of the challenges I have encountered in doing this inquiry project is trying to be as informative as I can. While there was no problem while trying to find information about overpopulation, I had a bit of a hard time trying to keep my opinions out of the mix. This is why I had a “personal thoughts” section on each of my research rounds in order to throw in my own opinions and leave notes to the reader and ask the readers their opinions on the topic as overpopulation is a hot topic that does spark a lot of debate. Another issue that I have faced with my inquiry project is meeting deadlines. I’ll admit that all my projects were plagued by being published at a later date than they should have. I will hopefully fix this issue before the current school year ends. Another issue that I have faced is trying to ignore popular belief and bias on overpopulation and try to stick to the facts only. Popular belief and bias are factored in my research rounds under personal thoughts. And throughout both my inquiry projects I had to juggle between my researching and doing various other assignments and that required a great deal of time management which still is bothering me.
B. How did this inquiry change the way you think?
This inquiry project changed the way I think because it really helped me throw away opinions and beliefs (still in personal thoughts section in each of my rounds) and look at the truth and insight that my sources gave me. It also helped me understand deeper the problems we face in the world and that frankly, we are our own problem when it comes to growing population numbers. It also gave me a deeper understanding of how history played a great part in the rise in our numbers and how governments tried to use their people to manipulate their population to their advantages like Nazi Germany trying to increase “Aryan” population and china/India working to decrease their population growth and curb their population numbers and that in the end, the population itself was the obstacle in achieving this goal.
C. How did this investigation impact your future decisions?
This project helped me greater understand that we are extremely fortunate to be living in a first-world country like Canada and how we take our living situation for granted without appreciating all the factors like law enforcement, court systems, health care systems, and the construction sector that play a huge role into making Canada a safe place for virtually anyone. It also changed my outlook while reading Sci-Fi novels about life on Mars and novels like the Hunger Games, the Rule of 3 etc and how authors try to play out different situations in which our population gets impacted. Some times it is just astounding to realize the incredible creativity that these authors possess in order to fantasize about these dystopian worlds.
D. What impact will this investigation have on others locally and/or globally?
It depends! Something that I hope this inquiry project will do is raise awareness about overpopulation. Even if only one curious person reads my inquiry project, it may have a ripple effect and ultimately end up impacting a lot of people. Overpopulation is an issue that is overlooked from the public eye simply because it is a very opinion splitting subject that is based on an abstract belief that the world can only hold a finite amount of people and though some may not believe in the concept of overpopulation it is still essential to be aware of the issue and raise awareness in order to better improve our quality of life.