The Earth’s population hit 7 billion sometime around the end of October 2011. What does this growth mean for the health and future of the planet? With our population growing along with our improving lifestyle and all of the inherent consumption of resources — what’s the breaking point?
At the same time, the recent trend showing that the population growth rate is declining offers its own set of challenges since our social systems and economies are based on the assumption that populations will grow. What does this all mean for us? These are some of the topics we will be exploring in this unit.