10 Magical Photos of Overpopulation and Overconsumption


Still life in oil by Daniel Beltra
Photograph by Daniel Beltra

By 2100, the world’s population is expected to reach 11 billion people. As of today, we’re at 7.09 billion and counting, according to the U.S. Census World Clock. Not only do all these people need space to live in, they also need food, Starbucks, and affordable, Eiffel Tower-adorned housewares from Target. As overpopulation becomes a problem, overconsumption and overdevelopment follow. Humankind currently use around one and a half Earth’s worth of land, water and energy resources, so figuring out how we are going to accommodate an additional billions people has become one of our generation’s greatest challenges.

This collection of photographs shows just how overpopulated and overconsumpted certain parts of the world currently are.

Feedlot in Brazil

Feedlot in Brazil by Peter Beltra
Photograph by Peter Beltra

Waves of humanity

Waves of humanity by Pablo Lopez Luz
Photograph by Pablo Lopez Luz

Oil wells

Oil wells by Mark Gamba
Photograph by Mark Gamba

Trash Wave of Change

Trash Wave of Change by Zak Noyle
Photograph by Zak Noyle

South City Mall in Kolkata, India

South City Mall in Kolkata, India by Brett Cole
Photograph by Brett Cole

Still life in oil

Still life in oil by Daniel Beltra
Photograph by Daniel Beltra

Greenhouses in Almeria, Spain

Greenhouses in Almeria, Spain by Yann Arthus Bertrand
Photograph by Yann Arthus Bertrand

Dead Bird in Midway Atoll

Dead Bird in Midway Atoll by Chris Jordan
Photograph by Chris Jordan

British Columbia clear-cut

British Columbia clear-cut by Garth Lentz
Photograph by Garth Lentz

Manila, Philippines: children walking beside a river filled with rubbish

Manila, Philippines: children walking beside a river filled with rubbish
Photograph by Noel Celis

via theguardian

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