by Ali Berman
Categories: Causes, Environment, People
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In case you missed it, experts estimated that the world’s human population broke the 7 billion mark at the end of October. That’s big news for an earth with finite resources and an ever expanding human population.

Christy Turlington took to her blog to discuss her concerns with our rapid growth. She wrote, “This exponential rate of growth has implications that maybe we’ve been loathe to accept but will have the greatest effect on the most vulnerable. These populations have suffered, and will continue to suffer as food security and resources become more limited and diminish with each year’s passing.”

The model continued to explore, at length, the potentially frightening future we all face if we don’t watch our numbers.

She wrote, “As a global community we have to start thinking more seriously about whether there are limits to what our earth can bear and if we’re willing to cope with the struggle for limited resources, which only seem to increase as our population does.”

Turlington makes some excellent points. Read her full blog here, and chime in with your thoughts on how we might handle the ever present problem of too many people and not enough planet.

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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  • herwin

    besides too many people, its also the lifestyle that kills the environment. If people wouldnt be too much mindless consumers that only want more and more at any costs, planet earth could sustain 7 billion people.
    Yes, there is place for 7 billion people that are vegetarian/vegan, dont drive a car or take airplane for holiday and repair something instead of tossing it in the bin.
    No, there is no place for 7 billion mindles consumers who cut rainforests for growing cattle foods.
    Basically, it all starts with yourself, can you cut down on damaging behaviour, yes or no ? Or do we blame something else and conclude that we can do nothing about it ?
    Even if this planet had only half of todays current population, if everybody had a “western” lifestyle, than even 3.5 billion people would kill this planet.
    So lifestyle shouldnt be ruled out, its not only an overpopulation problem.