7 Billion and One, 7 Billion and Two, 7 Billion and …

Before I get to today’s post on 7 BILLION freaking people inhabiting the planet, let me take care of some random thoughts/mentions:

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Now on to the post …. Got People?

In case you missed the news, or rely on SHTF Blog to bring you the most important headlines (heaven forbid), the world’s population is estimated to have just passed the 7 billion mark. An Associated Press article states:

Demographers say it took until 1804 for the world to reach its first billion people and a century more until it hit 2 billion in 1927. Soon the numbers began to cascade: 3 billion in 1959, 4 billion in 1974, 5 billion in 1987, 6 billion in 1998. The United Nations estimates the world population will reach 8 billion by 2025 and 10 billion by 2083.

From a long-term prepper perspective, and I’m talking about challenges facing the next generation, how can population growth like this possibly be sustainable? Answer – it can’t. There are only so many resources to feed and supply so many people. Society used to think the oceans were so big and vast that dumping trash into it posed no threat. We now know that isn’t the case. Society used to think space was so vast that it didn’t matter if we left a bunch of space trash circling the Earth. We now know that isn’t the case. We must also know the Earth is only so big.

A Christian Science Monitor article states that there are two ways to mitigate the effects of an ever expanding global population, 1) empower women to take full control over their pregnancies, meaning help them have only intended pregnancies, and 2) consumer fewer resources and waste less food.

Do YOU see both of those factors happening? Accuse me of being a glass-is-half-empty person, but I don’t. Governments want people to have more and more kids, because growing economies depend on it. Population decline is terrible for any capitalist economy. The premise that we need to waste less food highlights the notion that we can’t just keep consuming more, we need to make smarter use of what we have. More people = more demand on everything. More people = greater food, water and energy demand volatility. Things become more and more fragile until …. break.

Global population growth doesn’t keep me up at night as a threat, but I wonder what the world will be like when my children are my age, or my grandchildren are my age.

– Ranger Man

12 comments… add one
  • Tactical Daddy November 9, 2011, 1:52 am

    The world population exploded after a cheap, easy and readily accesable, AND portable power supply became known to man: oil and the internal combustion engine.

    After that happend the areas that could support a large and more industrialised agriculture did do it and the excess produce could be transported to areas that couldn’t (Cities).

    So, the population expoded, the world became industrialized and we went from a world of producers to a world of cosumers… and if we can’t find another (practical) power source than oil… well, than I’m guessing that the world population will suddenly drop from what it is at when the oil stops to somewhere about one billion again, most likely less…

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  • JohnDoe1999 November 9, 2011, 8:35 am

    I think that the global population will reach a breaking point within the century, probably when peak theory bites us in the ass. I’ll be reminded of hunting permits given to keep game from eating itself into starvation. I don’t worry about the species, I gave up on it. For now, I’ve got my beagle and a cup of coffee. Life is good.

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  • Newg November 9, 2011, 9:27 am

    Unfortunately, with our excessive use of chemicals, we are making ourselves sterile anyway. Also, all we need is one good virus to wipe out a portion of the population. I don’t think this growth can be sustained and I think we are overdue for a plague of some type that will depopulate large areas.

    Sorry to be so negative, but I don’t think we are as safe as we think we are.

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    • Calamity Jane November 9, 2011, 10:32 am

      You’re not negative at all, you missed the other horsemen. I think we’ll see plague, famine, and war before the population stabilizes.

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    • kathy November 9, 2011, 3:02 pm

      Agreed on both fronts …. fertility only gets worse and worse and sometimes it seems the ones who can afford/want children cannot have any and the ones who don’t want or care for their kids can’t stop producing.

      But yes, a plague is probably due soon…

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  • GoneWithTheWind November 9, 2011, 11:38 am

    Today 1 in 5 people in this country where born somewhere else. Our society and culture is overwhelmed by this. Sometime in the near future war, famine, pestilence or natural disasters will create multi-millions of “refugees” and the UN will decide who is best suited to take these “refugees” in. This could happen tomorrow, next month, next year and when it does it will turn the U.S. and any other country unable to resist this human tide a third world country overnight. Doubt it?? How many illegal aliens have come across our Southern border and how much easier would it be for people to come across our Northern border? It will happen and it will destroy our country , your family and everyone.

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    • Brane Frees November 9, 2011, 1:01 pm

      “Today 1 in 5 people in this country where born somewhere else.”

      You mean like President Teleprompter?

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  • Autodesk AutoCAD Mechanical 2011 x32 Sale November 9, 2011, 12:36 pm

    You guys have a great staff here if they can update your website constantly with great articles! One is better than the other! Great work! I would like to have such hard workers myself! Damn ?

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  • Brair Rabbit November 9, 2011, 1:28 pm

    To the optimist, the glass is half-full.

    To the pessimist, the glass is half-empty.

    To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

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    • JeanneS November 9, 2011, 1:38 pm

      To the optimist, the glass is half-full.

      To the pessimist, the glass is half-empty.

      To the mom, the glass is something I’m going to have to wash. ;)

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      • Jason November 9, 2011, 2:43 pm

        To the optimist, the glass doesn’t exist because it has limits

        To the pessimist, it’s a thimble, so it doesn’t matter

        To the analyst …. uh, hmmmm, maybe – not to sure yet

        To the government – a new glass tax

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  • T.R November 14, 2011, 11:55 pm

    You hit the nail on the head !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    you just named the #1 cause of all the problems on earth ! …………we breed too much . If the population was one third of this number , most of the situations and problems we prep for would cease to exist . Nature has ways of dealing with that and getting things back in check …………. none of them pleasant .

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