What is going to happen to humans
For the past 30 years, I have had an interest in what will happen to humans in the future. I think a reasonable way to approach this is to take a look at the past – history. Here I am going to look at three different things: a timeline, a few human developments, and population growth on earth. The most widely accepted place of human origins is Africa approximately 200,000 years ago. It was at that time that modern humans with a 1400 cm³ brain was produced by our ancient ancestors. Around 60,000 years ago humans began a worldwide migration which ultimately resulted in us inhabiting all of the continents with the exception of Antarctica. 11,000 years ago agriculture began; prior to that every soul on the planet was a hunter gatherer (forager). Our ancestors had been hunter gatherers ( we were each a hunter gatherer) for 1,800,000 years. Prior to 200,000 years ago there were zero of us moderns. By the time of agriculture there were 15 million, by the time of Christ 250 million. 1790 is the date given for the start of the Industrial Revolution at which time there were approximately 1,000,000,000 people on the planet. 1859 marks the discovery of oil by Col. Drake in Titusville, Pennsylvania.
1946 – 2 billion people
1974 – 4 billion people
1992 – 5.5 billion people
2014 – 7 billion people
2032 – 9 billion people are projected to be on earth, a 28% increase in human population in 18 years.
Environmental degradation and climate change, population growth
Video Courtesy of "The United Nations Website"
Increase in population is happening
This increase in population is happening at a time when the United State’s infrastructure is in dire straits and the astronomical growth of health costs that is resulting from the mismatch of our having evolved and adapted to be excellent hunter – gatherers coupled with our very modern sedentary lifestyle and caloric rich diet. And as we go along our treasure is being drained by our massive military expenditures.
I see serious trouble brewing because of these and other facts.
Warmly, Stephen Jepson