“This Is What 7 Billion Looks Like (Infographic)
Jerry James Stone December 6, 2011
As you know by now, our planet now has a population of 7 billion people. As fellow TreeHugger Brian Merchant put it, “That means 7 billion people who get hungry, need space, and disagree with things that the other 6.999999999 billion people say.” And as Brian points out, that means 7 billion people who want electricity, to drive cars, who want clean water, internet access, etc.
But what does 7 billion actually look like?
This great infographic by Fathom, appropriately titled Dencity, shows us. Larger dark circles show fewer people while brighter circles have a denser population.
Nonetheless, Fathom does a great job of displaying the situation we are in. We hit 7 billion just twelve years after hitting 6 billion, and 24 since we hit 5 billion. This growth is being driven primarily by the developing world. For example, Africa’s population, which just passed 1 billion, is expected to double come 2050.”
Image: © Fathom