With all of the open conversations about population control, I was surprised when I came across future predictions for the planet. According to the World Atlas, 11 billion people are estimated to walk the earth by 2100. Asia currently accounts for 60% of the global population, and Africa 16%. But that is subject to change by the end of the century, with Africa rising to 40%.
This shocked me, mainly because of the current political climate on the continent. But nearly half of Africa’s population is 24 years of age or younger, and the fertility rate is also higher. Quartz Africa advised that one out of six people on earth lives in Africa. That is set to increase to one in four by 2050 and one in three by 2100.
However, The Pew Research Center stated that by the end of the century, the world’s population is expected to stop growing due to global fertility rates. But Africa is still expected to have strong population growth, overtaking Asia’s birthrate by 2060. This could still pose a problem if leadership doesn’t get a hold of the economic issues on the continent. Having able bodies without resources is a recipe for disaster.
If you have any additional information regarding this supposed population growth, feel free to comment below.
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Cilluffo, A., & Ruiz, N. (2019, June 17). World’s population is projected to nearly stop growing by the end of the century. Retrieved October 30, 2019, from https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/06/17/worlds-population-is-projected-to-nearly-stop-growing-by-the-end-of-the-century/.
Nag, O. S. (2017, December 13). Could Africa Be The Most Populous Continent In The World In 2100? Retrieved October 30, 2019, from https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/could-africa-be-the-most-populous-continent-in-the-world-in-2100.html.
Pison, G. (2017, August 11). There’s a strong chance a third of all people on earth will be African by 2100. Retrieved October 30, 2019, from https://qz.com/africa/1099546/population-growth-africans-will-be-a-third-of-all-people-on-earth-by-2100/.