Thursday, July 30, 2009

All the People in the World Could Fit in Texas?

As a student of Architecture and Interior Design, for the last eight years of my life and counting, I've become extremely well versed in both practical and theoretical issues surrounding Green and Sustainability movements. While there are many aspects of this social trend that I enjoy and put into practice in my own life, there are also certain ideologies imbedded in this movement that are clearly oppositional to the heart and character of God.

The greatest of these, perhaps, is the idea of "overpopulation," a contributing factor in a world-wide trend of a devaluing of human life. No need to go into detail about this issue because I've already blogged away about it here, and here; however, this is an issue I have become increasingly passionate about, which is why earlier today, I was excited to find a link to a website called Overpopulation: The Making of a Myth, on one of my favorite blogs. This website creatively gives a brief history to the idea of overpopulation and provides factual evidence to dispel the myth, which does have life and death consequences.

Of the brief, but interesting facts the authors include:

According to the U.N. Population Database, the world's population in 2010 will be 6,908,688,000. The landmass of Texas is 268,820 sq mi (7,494,271,488,000 sq ft).

So, divide 7,494,271,488,000 sq ft by 6,908,688,000 people, and you get 1084.76 sq ft/person. That's approximately a 33' x 33' plot of land for every person on the planet, enough space for a town house.

Given an average four person family, every family would have a 66' x 66' plot of land, which would comfortably provide a single family home and yard -- and all of them fit on a landmass the size of Texas. Admittedly, it'd basically be one massive subdivision, but Texas is a tiny portion of the inhabitable Earth.

Such an arrangement would leave the entire rest of the world vacant. There's plenty of space for humanity.

It looks like there's way more space to go around than we ever imagined! Because I appreciated this little website so much, I thought I'd include their short film. Enjoy!



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callie m.


Want to learn more? You might like these resources:

The Empty Cradle: How Falling Birth Rates Threaten World Prosperity by Phillip Longman

Click here to listen to a podcast of Candice and Steve Watters interviewing Phillip Longman. (Scroll to 14:00)

Start Your Family By Steve and Candice Watters



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