We have been warned of the dangers of overpopulation to the environment, the habitat and ecology of other species, urban migration, disease, etc. We can see our weather and landscapes changing rapidly to compensate. As people flock to cities, consumption patterns change. The increasing appetite for meat and staples has led to a boom in industrial farming and genetically modified foods to feed the planet. This, of course, has knock-on effects on everything else.
Normally, the population of a species is moderated by predators. In the absence of predators, then, a species will most likely deplete all the available resources and expire nonetheless. However, man has improved his technology to allow him to keep shifting the goalposts with advancements in medicine, energy and agriculture. In so doing, are we heading towards a true calamity that will affect all species, not just ourselves? Will we become our own predators through war, pestilence, or other factors? Or, will we reinvent ecology as we know it?
Some nations appear to be turning back the clock. Fertility rates are declining in many mature, industrialised nations. What is the consequence of this?
The ocean is still a vast, unconquered space. Will this be the next frontier?
Within a couple generations it's likely that the planet will be populated by as many people as have ever lived throughout recorded history. What kind of world will this bring? Imagine all the geniuses, the despots, the innovators, and the criminals who've ever inhabited the planet - all alive at the same time? What kind of world will this be?
What do you think...?
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