The total of humans on the planet increases by 200,000 births every day. On World Population Day, July 11, 2012, Beth Buczynski wrote: ”The truth is, the current rate of population growth isn’t sustainable. Not for our national economies, and certainly not for our planet.”
Buczynski also shared the WorldWatch Institute’s nine strategies for keeping the global population under 9 billion. State of the World 2012 suggests population would begin to decline by 2050 if the strategies were implemented.
The prognosis for the planet remains grim. Using statistics from resources listed at the bottom, the infographic points out population has grown 7 times in the past century. With life expectancy up 30 years and demand for resources constantly expanding, humans have gobbled up 75% of available land for cities, agriculture, resource extraction, recreation and all other human activity. Species are disappearing. Oceans are becoming acidic. We are using up the biosphere’s regenerative capacity faster than it can replenish itself.
The infographic suggests three small changes individuals can make. They are a step forward, toward the Big Idea Annie Leonard suggests in The Story of Change: “an economy based on the needs of people and the planet, not corporate profit.”
Every day that global leaders drag their feet brings the world one day closer to disaster. They did not listen in 1972. Can we make them listen in 2012?
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