Here is Prakash Belawadi’s take on world population:
Everyone knows, but still…I wonder: Aren’t there too many of us, already?
The UN reckons there are over 7 billion people in the world now. In 1800, we were less than a billion. Till then, the world population growth rate never exceeded 0.5%.
Between 1900 and 1950, it went from 0.8% to 2.1%, peaking in 1962, and has slowed gradually since then. Experts believe it will fall to below 0.6 percent in a 100 years, with world population at an estimated 11 billion.
Can we afford it?
It seems some countries can.
Populations are stable in western Europe and Japan, and reducing in eastern Europe. And indeed in parts of Africa, due to disease.
In 10 years, India will be the most populous country in the world.
So, we should expect some serious struggles over the planet’s resources. The stronger will check the weaker. And in war, crush them. The urge to check consumption will first hurt the poorest.
The prevailing moral is Right should be Might. That seems an unlikely heaven. The meek shall not inherit the earth. All we can do now is offer them stirring speeches. The only possible solution could be a dialogue between the weak and the strong.