Did you say 9.3 billion people?

By Bridgett Lynn

When you walk through a city, do you sometimes think to yourself, “wow, there are so many people in the world,” because you don’t recognize more than half of the people you pass?

See anyone you know?

 You may never see some of the people you walk by again in your life, but it is even stranger to think of the billions of people in the world that you will likely never meet.

In fact, did you know that there are currently over 6.9 billion people on Earth? And that more than 312 million people live in the United States?

Even though the U.S. accounts for less than 5% of the world population, Americans still consume 26% of the world’s energy.

The amount of energy needed for the current population is a problem and will especially be a problem when we have 9.3 billion people living on Earth by 2050.

And many of the resources we need are depleting at a fast rate. The Washington Post recently reported how expanding human demands are placing pressure on resources.

So my questions to you is, what is your city doing to prepare for the future? You may not know every person you walk by on the street, but are the people in your city working together to plan for the future?

Share your city’s innovative ideas on Planet Forward.



2 thoughts on “Did you say 9.3 billion people?

  1. regina alesso says:

    Our church is going solar! 🙂

  2. Hi Bridgett,

    I like the questions you pose and your use of photos and links. Make sure to give credit to sources, though, and to incorporate your point of view with the questions (backed-up by facts, of course).


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