7 Billion

It is official, or almost official, but sometime around Monday, October 31st, 2011, the world population will reach 7 billion inhabitants!  While I don’t agree with some of the experts interviewed in the MSNBC article, others make very good points.  The main point here is that if we want to continue living the standards that we have now, we need to focus on being more sustainable.  This includes reducing our carbon emissions, developing a comprehensive energy plan, and striving to conserve our natural resources.  Technology, innovation, and improved education can all help to put us on a sustainable path, so lets start using them.  The alternative is not pretty, see my first post here.

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2 thoughts on “7 Billion

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  2. Yes. Good points, Matthew. One important point that you addressed only peripherally. It has been estimated that of the 7 billion, a little over 1 billion live “like us”, that is, live in a home with temperature control (using fuel and electricity) at our fingertips, eat 3 full meals, have a car (and maybe even a second one), take at least 1 vacation, etc. In other words, live a high-energy/resources life style. That is virtually the entire U.S., Canada, western and central Europe, Japan, Australia and portions of other countries. Nothing wrong with that, no guilt trip here. These amenities are available and affordable, so I guess we all go after them. But the scary thing is that it is estimated that while the world’s population will increase to 9 billion by 2050 (less than 40 years from now), the number of people who will live “like us” will jump to 3 billion, mainly in the BRIC countries. We are already seeing a growing middle class in China trade in their bicycles for cars. We, who have these pleasures, have no right to restrict them. First thought is which companies to invest in the long-term future. Hmmmm… Also, that puts more pressure on all of us to be sustainable.
    Marc Karell

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