In the year 1800, it is estimated there were one billion people on Earth. By 1927, the figure reached 2 billion. This week it was announced that there are now 7 billion. So, in the last 84 years – the lifetime of one generation – the population has increased by 5 billion people. How many of them have been amazing people?
Over those years, the average number of people has gone up by an extra billion ( that is 10 times 100 million) every 13 years. That is a lot of mouths to feed and a great number to clothe and educate. It means that we are all competing for the limited resources and land. In particular, it means that more jobs and more homes are needed each day, each week and each year.
All this has happened despite China having had a one child per family policy for many years. Other countries do not limit family size by law.So, imagine the number of people there would be if we did not have the widespread availibility of contraceptives. The population explosion has occured because modern medicine reduces infant mortality and the industrial revolution has provided more food and materials. Also, births exceed deaths by about 2.5. That means about a net increase in the population of over 100,000 a day, or over 5a about a million every week. It is the equivalent of a new country the size of the UK population is creted every year. For reference, see http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/
Asia has ovr 4 billion people and accounts for 60% of the world’s population. Africa has about one billion and is growing rapidly. The USA and Europe have less than one billion between them and birth rates there are about three to four times less than in the developing countries.
It will mean that we need more amazing people to solve the problems of providing for the population in each country. My view is that with education standards improving, we will see a proportional increase in amazing people like Shakespeare, Mozart, Mde Curie, Florence Nightingale, Abraham Lincoln, Michelangelo, Einstein and others who will bring extraordinary ideas and contributions.
Therefore, the race is on to find ways of improving the standard of living for all 7 billion people – otherwise, we will see more wars to gain more land to house the ever growing multitude. Prepare yourself for an even quicker ride on the population express.
Wow – we live in amazing times!!