7 Billion and One, 7 Billion and Two, 7 Billion and …

Before I get to today’s post on 7 BILLION freaking people inhabiting the planet, let me take care of some random thoughts/mentions:

  • Once a month I like to thank all of you loyal readers that use the Amazon search bar in the right sidebar to do your Amazon searching (Christmas season is coming). The Amazon commission generated from your shopping this way helps keep this site afloat – thank you.
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Now on to the post …. Got People?

In case you missed the news, or rely on SHTF Blog to bring you the most important headlines (heaven forbid), the world’s population is estimated to have just passed the 7 billion mark. An Associated Press article states:

Demographers say it took until 1804 for the world to reach its first billion people and a century more until it hit 2 billion in 1927. Soon the numbers began to cascade: 3 billion in 1959, 4 billion in 1974, 5 billion in 1987, 6 billion in 1998. The United Nations estimates the world population will reach 8 billion by 2025 and 10 billion by 2083.

From a long-term prepper perspective, and I’m talking about challenges facing the next generation, how can population growth like this possibly be sustainable? Answer – it can’t. There are only so many resources to feed and supply so many people. Society used to think the oceans were so big and vast that dumping trash into it posed no threat. We now know that isn’t the case. Society used to think space was so vast that it didn’t matter if we left a bunch of space trash circling the Earth. We now know that isn’t the case. We must also know the Earth is only so big.

A Christian Science Monitor article states that there are two ways to mitigate the effects of an ever expanding global population, 1) empower women to take full control over their pregnancies, meaning help them have only intended pregnancies, and 2) consumer fewer resources and waste less food.

Do YOU see both of those factors happening? Accuse me of being a glass-is-half-empty person, but I don’t. Governments want people to have more and more kids, because growing economies depend on it. Population decline is terrible for any capitalist economy. The premise that we need to waste less food highlights the notion that we can’t just keep consuming more, we need to make smarter use of what we have. More people = more demand on everything. More people = greater food, water and energy demand volatility. Things become more and more fragile until …. break.

Global population growth doesn’t keep me up at night as a threat, but I wonder what the world will be like when my children are my age, or my grandchildren are my age.

– Ranger Man