Impacts of Rapid Human Population Growth on Biodiversity

Many individuals do not think about the damage they are causing on biodiversity. Some of the major human activities include: agriculture, fishing, mining and exploration, urbanization, manufacturing, transport and communication, warfare among others.

These activities have intensified with the continued growth in human population and this has had catastrophic consequences on the planet’s biodiversity  You can know more about human impact on biodiversity via


The most obvious indicator of biodiversity is the number of species on the planet. Three main problems that cause species extinction are: habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation. 

  • Habitat loss is described as the complete destruction of a habitat. 

  • Habitat degradation is when a habitat diminishes to a point where it can no longer support biological communities. 

  • Habitat fragmentation is described as a habitat that is broken into smaller discontinuous segments of land for development. 

All three of these problems that result in species extinction are directly related to human influence. 

If no changes are made in the ways humans use resources on earth, there will continue to be a degradation of biodiversity until human lives can no longer be sustained. Humans affect biodiversity by their population numbers, use of land, and their lifestyles, causing damage to habitats for species. 

It is important for humans to realize how their actions affect biodiversity and the importance of maintaining what biodiversity is left on the earth. Through proper education, and by demanding that governments make decisions to preserve biodiversity, the human population will be able to sustain life on earth longer.