Did you know that by 2050 the expected world population is 9.8 billion people?
This is a seriously massive number. Browsing through the internet, I even found a live ticker that counts the people living on earth, the “worldometer”. Not sure how exact it works, but watching how it continuously just goes up makes you feel a little claustrophobic.
9.8 billion people! If we all would stand in a row and hold hands with stretched arms, we could go 22 times to the moon and back.
The question is, what do we do with all these people? With a life expectancy of 81.6 years in the UK and assuming I live up to it, I will witness how it gets veeery cosy here on Earth. And not just cosy, but all those people also need to drink water, need to eat, need to be looked after.
And while most of us think “nah… this is still super far away, 2050 is what, another 33 years?” there are already geniuses, scientists, politicians and activists going on a race because they believe we are running out of time. Not to mention those crazy rich people who are busy figuring out how we can colonize Mars – and actually seem to get very close to do it.
So this is pretty big and it feels a little out of hand and not like something that us, ordinary people, can take care of. And all the news today certainly can put you into this gloomy “what-can-I-do-shrugging-shoulders” mood.
But I believe we can and will change the situation. In fact, I can see it is already happening in my generation as there are a lot of day-to-day optimists and idealists who are really conscious and aware about their actions and how it can have larger effects on the environment and on us. No matter whether it is about people reducing their waste, buying sustainable products, changing their diets or even starting to just have a conversation about what we can do.
Industries and huge corporations had to adapt and rethink their strategies in recent years to make sure they keep their customers happy. This was not because a few powerful people at the top decided that we have to be greener, but because of the masses of people who are more educated and critical than ever about their daily actions. Smaller businesses have been much more agile to adapt to this move and offer a range of product and services that meet the customers’ demand for ecological, sustainable and qualitative products.
Although these movements take off slowly they are much more impactful, which means from the bottom up we can make a difference.
So I like to think that when growing food with indoor gardens becomes almost as normal as heating up your food in a microwave, we can have a massive impact on reducing food transport, saving water and overall secure food supply. I’m not saying we can eliminate the need of going to the supermarket for some of your fresh produce, but you can definitely reduce it and contribute while enjoying super fresh tasty food from home.
What is certain though, is that our diets and ways to shop will change over the next years and we will have to adapt to alternative sources of protein, minerals and vitamins. So maybe you should start getting yourself comfortable on the idea of cultivating your own insects, eating lab-grown chicken meat or having indoor gardens that grow food for you year-round. 🙂
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