Stunning World Population Growth, Critical Systems, And Human Risks

May 6, 2014, by Ken Jorgustin

human-population-timeline
graph source: Dr. William Stanton

During the last 100 years, the world’s population has grown exponentially to staggering heights from what was once a population a mere tiny fraction of today – which held for thousands and thousands of years along with a mild amount of population growth.

Since the years following the industrial revolution, and especially since the 1920’s, the world population has skyrocketed to more than 7.2 billion people.

At what point will any of the associated risks repercussion into catastrophe?

(UPDATED)

 
This graph of the human population growth timeline should send chills up and down your spine, especially if you’re of a preparedness mindset.

While the world’s industries have risen to the task of supporting the lives of so many billions of people, the thing is, there are many enormous risks that go along with the systems and resources that are sustaining this “bubble” of humans.

When as a critical thinker, you look at the bigger picture, it becomes alarming.

 

Population Explosion

The world’s population has exploded since the Industrial Revolution which began in the 1800’s and really picked up speed beyond the 1920’s. The underlying reasons for this expansion in population are many.

 
My instinct tells me that some of the major reasons include:

The ‘discovery’ of oil which has fueled the entire growth curve of every aspect of industry, development, and expansion.

The ‘discovery’ of electricity and it’s integration into every aspect of our lives, enabling countless other systems.

The medical industry and it’s incredible and many advancements in all things health related (especially antibiotics).

The advent and enormity of big agriculture and the ability to efficiently grow and distribute such large amounts of food.

The advancement of transportation systems which move goods and supplies from production to where the people are.

The remarkable infrastructure of sewage waste and fresh drinking water to most every home in the modern world.

Obviously there are many, many more reasons, while most of them are taken for granted and not apparent at all (as potential risks) to most people.

 

World Dependence Upon Critical Systems

The majority of the world’s 7.2 billion human population are literally 100% dependent upon other ‘systems’ to stay alive – and they don’t even realize it.

Although in recent years there has been a slowing of human population growth, you might say “the damage is already done” while analyzing the numerous and critical dependencies which sustain those who are already alive.

One wonders at what point will the straw break. There’s little doubt among many people – that we’ve already begun the decline in our living standards (despite the rosy picture that our government’s media outlets have been propagandizing).

 
It only stands to reason that as population increases and more people live closer together,

-energy resources are in higher demand

-distribution systems are increasingly strained

-dependent attitudes and philosophies further strain the producers

-overall tensions increase as personal space and freedoms shrink

-the odds increase that more ‘things’ could go wrong

-can you say, “pandemic”?

-infrastructures decay

-nations war for resources and power

-etc,

 
Population densities are massive in many areas throughout the world. The inter-dependencies in these areas are astounding when you think about it. There are staggering numbers of lives at risk should major systems (or even one critical system) fail.

Civilized civilization is only 3 meals away from social chaos.

How about this one…
‘The plague’, the most devastating pandemic in human history, killed an estimated 75 million people in the years 1348–50 when the entire world’s population was ‘only’ approximately 500 million. In today’s world, if such a pandemic were to occur unabated – it would be mind numbing to realize the deaths which would result.

Billions of people suffer from normalcy bias. The results of which could become deadly. They do not see the risks (and therefore do nothing to mitigate them or prepare for them) because their world has always been okay – so therefore it always will be (okay).

We might live out the rest of our lives not ever experiencing a major societal collapse. But on the other hand, many feel that it is inevitable – that we are on the cusp of such an event – as the snowflakes have been piling up and are waiting for a trigger to set off the avalanche.

Are you prepared?