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Monday, 3 March 2014

Data Collected (Results)

After giving out the survey to students, we received 16 responses. These are the results we obtained.


Question 1: What do you think is the relationship between the human population and natural resources?


Most people feel that natural resources are depleting due to the increase in human population.
Other people feel that when resources decreases, the human population is also starts slowly decreasing, as human will not have enough resources.


We feel that natural resources are indeed decreasing due to the fact that human population is increasing. However when decrease, the human population will also slowly start to decrease, thus we feel that, it is very important to ensure that everybody has enough resources and one should not take more than they need as there are other people out there who are in need of these valuable resources.


Also through our research, we found out that human population and resources has to be balanced in order of the human population to increase healthily.  


Question 2: How does the population affect the amount of natural resources in your opinion.


Most people feel that the higher the population, the more the amount of natural resources will decrease.


We also agree that the higher the population, the more the amount of natural resources will decrease. However, we feel that if the world is willing to play a part, we’re sure that we are able to ensure that there are sufficient resources around the world for everybody to use.  




Question 3: What are your thoughts on the current amount of natural resources and the population in Singapore?
Scale:
1 I think it is fine
5 The government needs to do something about it
64% felt that there are not enough/ too little natural resources in Singapore.

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We also agree with their opinion as:
1. Singapore is a small island and it is tough to find any resources around it unlike the United States or even Malaysia.


2. Though Singapore is a small island, we have over 5 million people living in Singapore and is expected to have about 5.8 to 6 million people by 2020.


Question 4: What can we do to sustain both resources and a population together?


Some people felt that we should be more aware of our decreasing natural resources and play a part by doing the 3Rs- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Examples like, we all know plastic bags are very hard to dispose. We can play a part by reducing the usage of plastic bags, or reuse the usage of plastic if we have no choice. We can recycle newspapers, empty cans instead of just throwing it in the dustbin. Others felt that we can make use of the renewable resources or even increase the prices of natural resources. Examples like, using solar energy instead of burning fossil fuels that are limited to get electricity. Increasing the price so that people will spend less on natural resources to increase the sustainability of resources.


We agree with their idea as it not only helps to ensure that we have a sustainable resource but also prevent global warming by doing the 3Rs- Reduce, Reuse and Recycle and making use of the renewable resources.


Question 5: How long do you think our resources can last?
a) 80-90 years
b) 90-100 years
c) 100-110 years
d) 110-120 years
e) Others
57% of the people felt that our resources could last for many centuries due to the advancement of science and technology.
43% of the people felt that our resources cannot last for a century.

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We agree with 57% of the people as with the advanced technology that we have today, our resources will be able to last for many centuries if only we are willing to play a part to save the environment. However, if we do not bother about the environment, our resources will not be able last for a century. Thus, in order for our resources to last, we ourselves must play a part.


Question 6: What do you think can be done to prevent the resources from running out?


Most people feel that we should be more aware of ways to save natural resources and also use the resources they need and not want. The government also must help out with the control of natural resources and we also must do our part to contribute to the society.


We also agree with what they think as according to top ecologists from around the world, from 1970 to 2008 the biological resources of our planet have shrunk by 68% ( http://weeklyworldnews.com/headlines/48184/earth-will-run-out-of-natural-resources-by-2015/ ), thus we must actively enage our community in promoting the need to reduce, reuse and recycle so that our resources will not run out.


Question 7:  Do you think that there is a need to increase population in one country? Why?


50% of the people felt that there is no need to increase the population in one country as the natural in that country may deplete too quickly.
The other 50% of the people felt that we should increase the population by around 10-20% in one country as the people living there would be able to learn not to overuse the resources that they have currently and learn not to take their amount of resources for granted.
We feel that there is no need to increase the population in Singapore as even though we are a small country, we have about twice as many people as compared to other country. Also, Singapore do not have that much resources and needs to buy from other countries. If our population continues to rise rapidly, one day, we might not have enough resources for everyone. Do you want that?


“The question is not whether Singapore can house 6 million people but how it can do so without sacrificing the quality of life,” says Dr Malone-Lee Lai Choo, director of  Centre for Sustainable Asian Cities, National University of Singapore's School of Design and Environment.  “6 million is a figure that we can cope with, provided if we plan very well,” she adds. Besides reclamation, there is an option to redevelop older towns with low population densities, especially those near transport nodes. But public acceptance is necessary, she notes. She also believes Singapore must keep its parks, open spaces and nature areas. "These are Singapore's precious assets that make our city attractive and contribute to our quality of life, and they must not be sacrificed," she says. (Adapted from http://www.straitstimes.com/the-big-story/st-exclusives/story/population-6-million-there-room-20121014 )