Our food, water, and land use systems aren’t sustainable and fail to provide for all 8 billion of us on Earth. By 2064, the global population is expected to reach its peak, near 9.73 billion. We’re in for quite the challenge if we don’t adapt fast.
A growing population won’t help us reach sustainability or harmony with nature – but nearing 10 billion people is certainly manageable if we learn to share resources. Not just between humans, but with all the natural world.
In the future, as birth rates continue to lower, older generations will become much more influential. With that in mind, investing in those generations through education is a necessity. To encourage environmental protection and the pursuit of happiness over greed in our future societies, we need to provide quality education for the generations currently being plopped out. And that includes women and minorities in all parts of the world, especially those that can use education to emancipate themselves from oppressing societies and traditions.
Education impacts the way we treat one another, and how we co-exist with nature. Once the majority of us clue in that we can’t live without the natural world, we’ll start making decisions that make sense. Simply put, better education will help an increasing population shape a better future for itself.