GROWING — EUROPE
World population nearly quadrupled in the course of the
past century. With a population of 6.7 billion, resource
consumption and pollutant emissions far beyond the
limits of sustainability, mankind has today reached a
size at which it poses a danger to itself. While population
is hardly growing in the industrialized countries, it
continues to increase at alarming rates in the world’s
In global terms, the fact that the highly developed nations,
with their disproportionately high consumption of
resources, are seeing their rates of demographic growth
decline, slowly but surely, must be seen as a blessing. It
was inevitable that some time a world region would
have to initiate a reversal in the trend of demographic
development. The role has fallen to Europe. Germany,
together with Ukraine and Romania, presently lead the
league of countries with populations set to contract.
Without immigration, the countries that make up today’s
EU would stand to lose some 50 million people by the
year 2050 — roughly the number of people that today
populate Poland and Greece. What this means is that the
European population has, "intuitively", found the right
track to reach a global demographic balance.
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