Thursday, February 3, 2011

7 Billion

It’s a snow day in Texas today and the snow hasn’t even hit the ground yet!

Most facilities are closing down but luckily I still have Spanish classes tonight so I’ll have something to do on a cold Thursday night other than veg at home, haha.

So how else have I been entertaining myself during this unusually cold day in Houston?

YouTube of course!

This video was shared with me a few weeks ago but I keep going back to view it. I think NatGeo did an excellent job in breaking down the expected population boom into an entertaining yet elegantly simple video for us all to view.

It is estimated that the population of the world will reach seven billion by early 2012, and around eight billion by 2025-2030. By 2045-2050, the world's population is currently projected to reach around nine billion, with alternative scenarios ranging from 7.4 billion to 10.6 billion.

As a whole, we don't take up much space, but we do consume a lot of resources.

According to the January 2011 issue of National Geographic, ever since some of the first papers on demography were written in the 17th century, people have been calculating the outcome of People Vs. Planet for some 300 years now.

The mere fact that people have taken an interest in the population and its strain on the planet and our resources for so many years has brought about countless improvements for us Homo sapiens, but in many parts of the world issues involving food, energy, and safety needs of a growing population still exist.

Let’s hope that our choices in 2011 will bring about many more improvements for ourselves and the estimated populous coming our way.

Something to chew on during this cold winter day. J

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