This post focuses on a 2013 United Nations report on population trends to 2050. Our planet will be home to 9.3 billion people by then, which raises various ecological, humanitarian and sustainable planning issues. The UN argues that sustainable growth is a matter of human rights.
The United Nation’s Development Policy & Analysis Division is currently hosting an online event to discuss sustainable development challenges. The event is on now on Facebook and for another hour (link below). Experts are answering the public’s questions on the UN’s latest report based on their World Economic and Social Survey. The report finds that by 2050, there will be over 9.3 billion people on Earth. The majority of us (6.5 billion) will be living in cities, and one third of the world’s population will be living in urban slums, with poor access to clean water, living with major sanitation problems, unreliable electricity, disease, and lack of education. By this time, the world will also need to produce 70% more food than we do today. Carbon emissions will exceed the safety mark (450 parts per million of carbon dioxide).
The biggest urban growth will occur in developing regions, who will continue to experience an economic boom, while environmental and social problems will be exacerbated. The UN proposes that the international community needs to work with private industry to support green energy solutions around the world. In particular, by providing the developing world with innovation to adopt green technologies.
Sustainable planning is an interdisciplinary field. Cultural and generational understandings of ecological risks can inhibit or bolster support for green technologies at the local, national and international levels. The UN argues that the issues with highest risk and highest immediate returns concern land use, public urban transport, family planning and multi-purpose water reservoirs. The UN positions growth as a human rights matter.
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You can read my summary of the UN’s initiatives and how applied sociology can assist interdisciplinary efforts. I’ve pulled some diagrams from the UN’s report and reposted here for you all to have a look.
Read the entire UN Report: http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/policy/wess/index.shtml