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The Future of Population Increase/ Decrease
Eight billion - until 1804, fewer than 1 billion people roamed our planet.
More than a century later, in 1927, we crossed 2 billion. since then, the world population has shot up in the shape of a hockey stick, boosted by the triumphs of modern medicine and public health.
The latest marker was passed Tuesday Nov. [masked] when the united nations said the world population had reached 8 billion, just 11 years after it passed 7 billion. (it is an inexact number, since there is no official count, but the international organization said its projections crossed the line on Tuesday.)
Here are a few of the challenges ahead:
Much of the population growth comes from the poorest countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.
About 70% of the growth to 8 billion from 7 billion happened in low- and lower-middle-income countries, most of which are in sub-Saharan Africa, the united nations said. The trend is expected to become even more pronounced in the years ahead.
The environmental impact: our levels of production and consumption are unsustainable.
The growing population has helped fuel consumption at what experts say is an unsustainable pace. It has contributed to environmental challenges, including climate change, deforestation and the loss of biodiversity, the united nations said.
Is DeGrowth a solution?
Pinning down what degrowth means can be tricky because degrowthers often differ on details. But there are some common threads to their thought.
In general, degrowthers believe that in the modern world, economic growth has become unmoored from improvements in the human condition.
Jason Hickel, an anthropologist at the London school of economics and the author of less is more: how degrowth will save the world, has emerged as one of the leading spokespeople for the movement.
To Hickel, the case for degrowth goes like this: the world is producing too much greenhouse gases. It is also overfishing, is overpolluting, is unsustainable in a dozen ways, from deforestation to plastic accumulating in the oceans.
Hickel argues, that scientists should have been sufficient to address the climate crisis — think solar panels, meat alternatives, eco-friendly houses.
But wealthy societies are so focused on growing the economy, those gains have been immediately plowed back into the economy, producing more stuff for the same ecological footprint, yes, but not actually shrinking the ecological footprint.
The degrowth movement argues that humanity can’t keep *growing without driving humanity into climate *catastrophe
But critics argue that not only is it possible — it’s already been happening. For the past decade, as many countries have transitioned to green energy, they have successfully seen their emissions shrink while their GDP has grown.
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Topic: The Future of Population
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