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
Waves of humanity
Trash Wave of Change
South City Mall in Kolkata, India
Still life in oil
Greenhouses in Almeria, Spain
Dead Bird in Midway Atoll
British Columbia clear-cut
Manila, Philippines: children walking beside a river filled with rubbish