Population Ponder

As of 2010 global population increased by 2 people per second, 200,000 each day, 80,000,000 a year. 80 million additional persons in need of food, water, energy and shelter just to get by, never mind education or employment. If population growth stopped today, there would still be over a billion people without access to clean safe drinking water, and food production would have to double to feed everyone. Spend a moment with the world population clock linked below –


In the past 200 years, global population went from one to over seven and a half billion. Between 1900 and 2000 population growth was three times greater than the entire history of humanity. 6.5 percent of all people ever born are alive today. In the next 40 years Earth’s population will grow by three billion – more than current populations of Europe, Africa, North and South America combined.

Remember that billion alive today without clean water? 70% of our planet is covered in water, of that only 2.5% is fresh water. Of that 2.5%, 1% is accessible, the rest is locked underground or in ice caps and glaciers. Industrial, agricultural and civic demands on available fresh water often result in calamity. In 1960 Aral Sea was the 4th largest lake on Earth, covering 68,000 square kilometers of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Today, the Aral Sea is one of the worst environmental disasters in history. Soviet irrigation projects diverted rivers feeding Aral into cotton field irrigation canals. In 1988 Uzbekistan became the top global exporter of cotton, Aral paid the price. Remnants of the Aral Sea are reduced by 75% of its former glory. Below – the Aral in 1989 and 2014. For the record it takes roughly 3000 liters of water to grow, manufacture and transport a single cotton shirt.

Aral Sea

Aral’s once “eastern basin” is known today as the Aralkum Desert


According to http://www.waterencyclopedia.com/St-Ts/Survival-Needs.html every human life requires 50 liters of water a day to meet basic drinking, sanitation and hygiene needs. Remember that billion without reliable sources of water? One cotton shirt would sustain 60 people for a day, but global economies don’t care about thirsty millions in Sub-Saharan Africa. Global economy machines drive on opportunities to accumulate wealth, collateral damage nothing more than the cost of doing business.

What would you give up to accommodate 3 billion more people in the next 40 years? Who’s going to feed them? Where will their water come from? Remember that billion alive today without enough food or water? Should we drain the Great Lakes, mine the ice caps for fresh water? Where would you like them to live?

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12 thoughts on “Population Ponder

  1. Maybe population goes hand in hand with global economy machines?
    If we didn’t wear cotton what are the alternatives?
    Animal skins, Wool, Silk?

    Does culture also have a part to play?
    I am referring to areas of negative population growth vs areas of massive population growth?

    In the UK in the mid seventies when the miners were on strike we had power cuts and when there was no football to watch on a Saturday night, and many pubs were closed, guess what many couples were doing? (It wasn’t playing Scrabble by candle-light)
    I kid you not, and a mini baby boom around nine months after the strike finished can be directly attributed to the lack of electricity due to the industrial action.

    Do not all peoples / countries, given the opportunity, fully exploit industrialization?
    Perhaps when the world eventually goes into negative growth things will balance out?

    (Yes, I realise we will have probably decimated and exterminated much of what lives and breathes)

  2. “Do not all peoples / countries, given the opportunity, fully exploit industrialization?” — It always strikes me as the height of hypocrisy that “developed” nations have the nerve to tell “undeveloped” or “developing” nations that they should not embrace industrialization.

    It doesn’t take a long strike for people to precipitate a baby-boom. They’ve been documented after few-hour-long power outages in the more recent history.

    Still…. when one looks at the growth and looming problems it would appear that we are headed for more wars unless pestilence and natural catastrophe do the job for us.

    We’re a strange species we are……

  3. What I’ve given up is meat. This is why I’ve been a vegetarian for seventeen years– because there’s not enough food in the world and we feed cows grain for years to make a few meals. Those resources could go to hungry people instead.
    It’s not for everyone but choosing chicken or fish over beef can help too since they take less resources to produce.

    World hunger is a passion of mine. I’m studying to be a biologist with a focus on aquaculture because not only will rehabilitative aquaculture help heal the oceans but it can help feed the world.

    • A combination of fear and denial fed by systematic propaganda and misinformation? Who knows, but if you get a chance, watch the HBO documentary Collapse by Michael Ruppert – truly something to ponder 🙂

  4. You’re right about books being better. I couldn’t help but to notice the differences the movie made from the book. The movie might be quicker but *the book is better* ~imo

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