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There are currently seven billion people on Earth and that number is set to spike to nine billion by 2050. Yes, that’s a whole lot of people, but you can’t really grasp just how many until you consider the sheer volume of resources needed to sustain all of us. Humankind currently use around one and a half Earth’s worth of land, water and energy resources, so figuring out how we are going to accommodate an additional two billion people has become one of our generation’s greatest challenges.

As with most modern dilemmas, the best way to find a solution starts with raising awareness. And what better way to grab people’s attention than showing them photos that illustrate the extreme extent of our overdevelopment, overpopulation, and general overexploitation crisis?

Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot (OVER), a newly published book from the Center of Deep Ecology, aims to do just this. Using photos from artists across the world, the book provides detailed insight into the breadth of the current problem and offers a solution in the form of consciousness which will inspire action.

This incredible book is available for free through the Global Population Speak Out Campaign. You can help raise awareness by sharing the book, photos and any information you’ve learned with others. Ready to get started?

Greenhouses cover the landscape in Almeria, Spain.

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An Albatross poisoned by plastic pollution on Midway Atoll.

1300b23e-a27c-4c37-83e6-496225340321-1020x612Chris Jordan

The Amazon Rainforest slashed, burned, and turned to rubble for cattle grazing.

65e51ebc-0c27-452a-90dc-8074dcd7ed29-1020x612Daniel Beltra

Livestock production completely swallows the landscape in Brazil.


8c809848-86f8-4dbd-b8af-1fa0fabf0307-1020x612Peter Beltra

A hillside slum in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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Industrial forestry levels public lands in Willamette National Forest, Oregon.

8d88d703-fee7-4a5f-8f77-cb39d483dd3a-1020x612Daniel Dancer

Reckless consumer culture sweeps the world.

7a536ffa-0047-441a-a2da-0c3ba5e4f058-1020x612Brett Cole

Wave of garbage in Java, Indonesia.

4265ed1b-c093-43c8-a6ab-2d1dbd093672-1020x612Zak Noyle

Urban sprawl in Mexico City chokes out all natural life.

60af3495-096e-4107-8cb8-cf35f399831a-1020x612Pablo Lopez Luz

Our never-ending thirst for oil. Kern River Oil Field, California.

9bb5f180-7d84-43d7-8ca3-7bdc7fa30491-1020x612Mark Gamba/Corbis

An aerial view of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in 2010. The local environment is still suffering the repercussions.

31bb7a13-c83b-488a-ac48-2f36f568261a-1020x612Daniel Beltra

Rampant deforestation on Vancouver Island, Canada.

c48b9506-9b41-4a2c-a22b-053176b7db52-1020x612Garth Lentz

Fields upon fields of agriculture crops have turned China’s countryside into a geometric maze.

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All image source: Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot (OVER)

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211 comments on “Brilliant Photos Capture the Impact of Overpopulation and Overconsumption”

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Owen Bunney
1 Years Ago

This is a water catchment,or dam without saving water we will die.

June Carey
1 Years Ago

This is so sad humans have to care about the earth

Colin Harris
1 Years Ago

Its amazing our eco systems haven't completely collapsed already.

Gwenneth Shepard-Andrew
1 Years Ago

We are killing our oxygen generators

Russell Bade
1 Years Ago

Too hard to read through the hype ads and buttons.

Giorgio Gago
1 Years Ago

Το αποτυπωμα της υπερκαταναλωσης και του υπερπληθυσμου.

Mireya Mata
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Karen Wilson
1 Years Ago

I'm glad I won't be around in 2050! Not as human anyway, as dust, perhaps part of the solution?

Nenita del Rosario
1 Years Ago

So sad

Jody Wade
1 Years Ago

7 billion less humans would cure the problem! start with the religious over breeders!


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