The growth of the population of the world has seen a drastic change as time has passed. The effects of these growths have also had its fair share of impacts in the ecosystems and natural resources on the Earth. The sheer size of our human population and our need for life force us to impact the world of the other populations of our world is starting to become a concern because the human population is continuing to grow.
The growth of our population on Earth has shown lots of change throughout history. The current population on the planet is an estimated 7 billion people as of 2012 (1).
As you can see in the graph above, it is estimated that by 2050, 35 years from now, our population will equal approximately between 8.3-10.9 billion people. At an average rate increase of about 1.8% since the 1950’s, there is a thought of a decrease in our near future due to the question of our possible struggles for food, energy resources, and sheer space (1).
The growth of our population is also varied among the regions in which this growth is occurring. As you can see, the rate at which the population is increasing is leaning more towards the less developed countries increasing at a very steep growth while countries that are more developed seem to be leveled off for the next 35 years.
Furthermore, the population in the continent of Asia, due to its size, is also the main source of the world’s vast growth.
According to these graphs, we can see how Asia and Europe contain over 70% of our population. You can also see the growth, or decline to be more precise, of the population of our more developed countries, namely Europe, and the increase of Africa in the next 35 years. According to statistics, the population in these more developed countries seems to be stabilizing in its’ growth while the less developed countries seem to show an exponentially (2).
Education plays a very vital role in the rate of our growth in population. According to population studies, as education levels increase, the rate of population increase in that specific region decreases (3). This decreases the amount of resources needed for that specific region and as a result improve the quality of life in that area as well. These tend to be more of the developed countries and, as we saw in the graphs above, show the stabilizing graph for the coming future. The rights of women have also showed an impact in the growth rate of the world’s population.