Since I started my new passion, almost 2 months ago, of studying and analyzing some global financial data – just as a basis of general knowledge over the current world I live in – last night I found myself studying graphs and trends on the Earth population and what I saw kinda frightened me…
I admit I wasn’t much preoccupied about the Earthly issues until recently, since after my graduation from Economics, studying trends of stars and planets turned out more appealing, a table I came across last night really made me thinking about some interesting facts, regarding the hypothesis based on which the projections for 2050-2100 were made.
The fact that only 100 years ago the Earth had under 2 billion people and now it has over 7 billion is really something to be concerned, I mean the fact that we more than tripled in 100 years, which may include in average 4 generations, which could mean that during this time the average of children per couple, in the world, was… wait, just came across “The World Factbook” issued by CIA. Much more fun than any book, while both writing and reading 😀
PS. Some excerpt from the wikipedia page, as homework, to make you think a little, using the 5 Whys technique:
Total annual births were highest in the late 1980s at about 138 million, and are now expected to remain essentially constant at their 2011 level of 134 million, while deaths number 56 million per year, and are expected to increase to 80 million per year by 2040.
It’s truly terrifying to think that there may be some institution responsible to make these figures real. Like trying to come up with a plan of reducing the costs of a project, while the project is Earth itself. Where should all these people go?