It’s 2013 and you’re a global citizen. You are a whole mechanism, requiring your own support system. You live among 7 billion people: that means a consistent and continuous interconnectedness and interdependence of people and resources. Everything we individually and collectively do reflects on our surroundings.
Global population is growing by approximately 70 million each year: that’s 1.3 million people – a city the size of Prague – every WEEK.
As might be expected, there has to be a limit to how many people we can fit on this planet. What is that limit?
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SPACE AND DENSITY
Indeed, it seems that we are living in some pretty crowded times: 7 billion is a large number. However, the perception of such volume and sizeability is relative. Apparently, according to National Geographic research, standing shoulder-to-shoulder all 7 billion of us would fill the city of Los Angeles. That’s all! Even throwing a ‘come-one-come-all’ party with room to dance requires a tiny speck of land – 1500 square miles, the total size of Rhode Island. How intimate.
The buzz word of the 90s, globalization, is a concept that is still ambiguous in terms of what impact it has had on our civilization, as its accelerated force and sweeping power can be perceived both positively and negatively. It enabled us to travel and experience so much more and in the farthest reaches of the planet. This movement of people, for business or leisure has become pivotal in the overall state of communities (in particular, in underdeveloped societies).
Until now, the growth in population and the growth in capitalism have gone hand in hand. Population growth meant more consumers and greater market demand, for the purposes of turning profit. The spread of global markets and the speed and reach of trade propelled growth and changes in all the corners of the world. View full article »