Overpopulation & Climate Change

One cannot consider climate change without discussing the impacts of overpopulation. While it is important for individuals to reduce their carbon footprint as much as possible, it will have little effect if the global population continues to grow at an exponential rate. Consider the following statistics:

World Population

Year Reached

Time to add 1 billion

1 billion


2 billion


123 years

3 billion


33 years

4 billion


14 years

5 billion


13 years

6 billion


12 years

7 billion


12 years

8 billion

2024 (expected)

13 years

As you can see, the time between when we add the next billion people has grown progressively shorter, and we passed the 7 billion marker on Halloween in 2011. The most recent UN statistics estimate that we will hit 8 billion people in the spring of 2024. While it took all of human history until approximately 1800 to reach 1 billion people, we have started adding on billions at an alarming rate.

Consumption is a key driver of climate change, and as we continue to become overpopulated, consumption will only increase. What do you think? Leave a comment below!

For more information on overpopulation and climate change: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/programs/population_and_sustainability/climate/

For more information on the population statistics: http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/

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One Response to Overpopulation & Climate Change

  1. Thank you so much for posting this! Next to addressing overpopulation, every other “solution” to the challenges we face is trivial.

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