We’re dumb about exponential growth. That’s proving lethal

Categories: Big picture
Published on: July 16, 2020

The Tyee / Andrew Nikiforuk / 16 July 2020

About 300 years ago the human population went on an exponential ride thanks to the proliferation of fossil fuels, which allowed an increasing number of people to eat, drink and spend like kings.

It took roughly 300 years for human population to double from 500 million to roughly one billion in 1804. It took 110 years to double to 1.8 billion. Then things went wild, taking only 60 years to hit 3.6 billion. And then just 45 years to hit 7.3 billion in 2017.

The consumption patterns driven by nearly eight billion people have created an exponential assault on the Earth’s finite resources.