We all know the world’s population is booming. That’s nothing new. It has been since the Middle Ages. There was a time when a large population was a good thing. More farmers, more soldiers, more taxes… not so much anymore.
With food shortages, drought, and desease, we now have something to worry about. The Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme created today, not out of joy but out of concern. On July 11th, 1987 the world had 5 billion people in it… over a billion in China alone.
On October 31, 2011 it was up to 7 billion, with India hitting the billion mark as well as China. A look at the chart above shows that the third world countries, population-wise, lead the industrial nations nearly 4 to 1. Today our population is believed to be around 7.4 billion with 325 million of those living in the United States.
So if you don’t like crowds you aren’t going to like this. By 2050 it is predicted the world will have 9.7 billion people in it and by 2100 we will have reached 11 billion. We couldn’t feed everyone back at 5 billion, what are we going to do when we have more than doubled that number.
How to celebrate – Find an empty field and enjoy it while you can. Plant your own garden, you may need it sooner than you think.