We have a serious problem; we live too long.
For years we have financed, invited and hoped that science, medicine, man, could extend our life.
The development has been slow for centuries: wars, hunger, pandemics, poor technical knowledge, did not allow for substantial life increases, but they did happen.
Slow, but they did.
In 1500 there were only half a billion people in the world. To double that number, it around 300 years.
In 1927, i.e. 127 years later, the number of people on Earth rose to 2 billion.
Since then, growth has been crazy.
London, Millenium Bridge
Better living conditions, epochal medical and technological discoveries and in 1974, we touched the 4 billion inhabitants.
Today we are just over 7 billion and the 8 billion will be reached in 2024 at the latest.
To make the perspective of these numbers better, we can see that 470 million people have been born in the last 5 years. In practice almost the same amount of inhabitants that existed on Earth in the 1500s.
From a calculation made at high levels, it would seem that almost 100 million people have lived on Earth. Consequently, it means that in a few years, as many as eight per cents of those people will be alive.
The question that arises is:
how many people can our planet really accommodate?
It’s a question that scares everyone.