Like today, in the future the world’s population is increasing and natural resources are rapidly decreasing. In 50 years, our overcrowded planet will be struggling to support an extra two billion people.
“We’re already living well beyond the ability of the earth’s natural resources to reproduce themselves, so essentially we’re eating the future of our children and grandchildren,” according to Professor in the School of Management, Dexter Dunphy. “Closely associated with that is the widening gap between the haves and the have-nots across the world, which is a recipe for social unrest or war and revolution.”
Source: On the brink
From Australian Broadcasting Corporation and University of Technology Sydney(UTS), Sydney, Australia on June 24th, 2009
The speakers are Dexter Dunphy, Derek Eamus, Peter Manning, Jill McKeough, Michelle Rumsey, and Paul Willis
With a current world population of 6.8 billion, projected to be 9 billion by 2050, what will our lives be like in another fifty years? Our consumption is causing scarcity of resources, food production is struggling to meet demand, almost everything we do destroys delicate ecosystems and our greenhouse gas emissions keep growing.
Meanwhile, we all believe in a basic human right to reproduce. This UTS speaks presents a diverse panel of UTS experts to speculate on a future where overpopulation may be the key force impacting every aspect of human life.
Source: 2050: A Hypothetical Future
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