Population Invasion – 7 Billion People and Counting

With Planet Earth projected to hit a human population of 7 billion people before the end of 2011, many questions arise. What is the effect on our planet and is there a limit to how many human beings planet earth can support?

There is a limit to the amount of natural resources our planet can provide to sustain an ever-increasing population. With about 260 people being born every minute and only about 100 people dying in the same time, all the indications show the world’s biggest problem is not climate change, economics, health or education, it is the reason why we have these issues in the first place, human overpopulation. There are simply far too many people on earth than we can deal with at the moment. Unless there is a radical shift in the mentality and acceptance that we all have to contribute and change our behaviour, it is likely that our living environment will get a lot worse before it gets better.

Our amazing ingenuity and adversity to survive and adapt has meant we can now inhabit any part of the earth’s surface. We weren’t built to live in some of the most inhospitable places like the Arctic or the deserts, but with the use of tools, electricity and transportation we can now live in any environment, day or night, anywhere we like. Once we get where we want to go we can use tools to hunt and grow food and build shelter and a community. Previously, this is what happened to our ancestors, but they were limited into where they could settle by the availability of food and accessibility of the area.

7 Billion Souls

7 Billion Souls - www.worldof7billion.org

The way in which we have colonized some parts of the earth could not have been possible without our ability to use animals such as horses and dogs to help us in transporting goods and people over long distances in otherwise impassable terrain. Our ability to grow food, capture animals and store food was the key to our prolonged existence and evolution. Through education and ingenuity this has gradually led us to where we are now. Pockets of wealthy and poor people at different stages in their evolution. Look at any nation and you will find an imbalance.

In developed countries the amount of working people are being out numbered by the elderly. The baby-boomers, arguably the most affluent generation to ever live are now all reaching retirement and they will all require care in some form or other. Lifespans are getting longer and birth rates are decreasing in much of Europe and North America. The developing world on the other hand is reproducing much more, this will mean that the poverty numbers will increase, and this will threaten the environment as the proper infrastructure to support these people does not exist.

Humans and our Ancestors

Humans and our Ancestors

It is projected that Africa and Asia (mainly India) will increase in population substantially, while Europe, Japan and South Korea are likely to shrink. Immigration will add to the increasing number of people in North America and Australia. Educating and curing the developing countries of diseases and changing their daily behaviour is the most crucial thing we can do to stop them having so many children and allow a more sustainable population in future.

There will come a time when governments cannot possibly provide a continual supply of jobs, housing and healthcare or safety to their people. This will mean that more people will live in poverty and crime will increase. The amount that each person consumes is increasing continually. People need more items to live a comfortable life these days. More gasoline for their cars, more electricity for their gadgets, more money for an ever more expensive world. Sadly people don’t realize these things cannot be produced without a damaging effect to our environment. More oil, fish, wood and water coupled with a constant need to consume will mean that in as little as a few hundred years there will be a serious shortage of materials and food from natural resources leading to more pollution, less food, higher costs and a large number of animals going extinct. The earth’s natural resources are finite, so we have to seriously think how to slow the population increase for the sake of future generations.

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4 Responses to Population Invasion – 7 Billion People and Counting

  1. klem says:

    “the world’s biggest problem is not climate change, economics, health or education, it is the reason why we have these issues in the first place, human overpopulation”

    This is an old problem which has already been resolved; According to Wikipedia “Globally, the growth rate of the human population has been declining since peaking in 1962 and 1963 at 2.20% per annum. In 2009 the estimated annual growth rate was 1.1%. The actual annual growth in the number of humans fell from its peak of 88.0 million in 1989, to a low of 73.9 million in 2003, after which it rose again to 75.2 million in 2006. Since then, annual growth has declined. In 2009 the human population increased by 74.6 million, and it is projected to fall steadily to about 41 million per annum in 2050, at which time the population will have increased to about 9.2 billion.”

    In other words you’r worrying about a problem which has resolved itself. After about 2050 the worlds poluation is expected to begin to shrink again, perhaps to 6 billion again within 50 more years. Relax.

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  3. Tom says:

    This is a good post. I’m with you, and National Geographic, to raise awareness of over population. It’s the core to many problems: Climate change, poor education, economics, etc.

    Unfortunately, the population is not going to move backwards anytime soon (especially to 6 Billion) without the help of a global catastrophe, so we have to find alternative solutions to solving world population problems. Is there anything we can possibly do about climate change? With more kids, how do we educate efficiently? Where do 7 Billion jobs come from?

    Raising awareness is a great start (NatGeo motivated me to put a #7Billion series on my blog too) but is it too late? Keep sharing ideas with posts like these, I love it!


  4. Savadamuthu.s says:

    It is good effort population calculate

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