Thursday, December 08, 2011


Population is still technically growing, but according to the United Nation Population Division’s numbers, that growth is slowing dramatically.

The United Nations Population Division (UNPD) is the most reliable source of population statistics in the world, which is why we use their numbers for our videos.

And, according to the UNPD, population growth will continue to slow down over the next few decades.

In fact, if current trends persist, our growth will halt right around 8 billion by 2045.  After that, our numbers will start to fall off, slowly at first, and then faster.

If you find this whole idea counter-intuitive, don't worry!  You're not alone.  At first glance, it really does seem like the population is sky-rocketing.  That’s because we're still adding a billion every few decades . . . and a billion people is a lot of people.

But the way, we can tell that population is not ballooning out of control is precisely the fact that we’re only adding a billion people each time.  And soon, we won’t even be adding that many.

And just for fun, here's what John Lennon had to say on the subject :

"Le courage, c'est de chercher la vérité et de la dire ; c'est de ne pas subir la loi du mensonge triomphant qui passe, et de ne pas faire écho, de notre âme, de notre bouche et de nos mains aux applaudissements imbéciles et aux huées fanatiques." ( Jean Jaurés, au Lycée d'Albi, le 30 juillet 1903 )

1 comment:

  1. I really like these videos. They say so much, so clearly and so fast. Everybody should see them.