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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.

2575e136-567e-48cc-84ca-e5e03852435a-1020x612Yann Arthus Bertrand

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.

a536095c-c231-4835-872b-879bce2fcf90-1020x612Google Earth/2014 Digital Globe

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.

3154eee9-551c-4595-99be-8e909b559202-1020x612Google Earth/2014 Digital Globe

 

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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Cas Michel Gerarrd
20 Days ago

Hey Every-one! Let's really FACT CHECK This Hubris BullShit Shall we??: Over-Population Myth Fact-Check #1): Given the Population density of NYC?? Running the Math even niggardly?? (Yeah now call me a racists for that word & tell me how well you know your own "L'anglaise"?!) All the Population of the workld could/would fit into the State-of-Texas!: http://www.simplyshrug.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=63:the-overpopulation-myth&catid=31:general&Itemid=50) Next up is the Deforestation Myth!: From NASA "Earth’s vegetated lands has shown significant greening over the last 35 years largely due to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change on April 25." "The greening represents an increase in leaves on plants and trees equivalent in area to two times the continental United States." https://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/04/27/nasa-carbon-dioxide-fertilization-greening-earth-study-finds/ That's MORE Green Plants & Trees are growing now than ever before with an area density surpassing that of the ENTIRE continent of North America (Mexico, USA, Canada & Greenland Combined).


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Cas Michel Gerarrd
20 Days ago

Hey Every-one! Let's really FACT CHECK This Hubris BullShit Shall we??: Over-Population Myth Fact-Check #1): Given the Population density of NYC?? Running the Math even niggardly?? (Yeah now call me a racists for that word & tell me how well you know your own "L'anglaise"?!) All the Population of the workld could/would fit into the State-of-Texas!: http://www.simplyshrug.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=63:the-overpopulation-myth&catid=31:general&Itemid=50) Next up is the Deforestation Myth!: From NASA "Earth’s vegetated lands has shown significant greening over the last 35 years largely due to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change on April 25." "The greening represents an increase in leaves on plants and trees equivalent in area to two times the continental United States." https://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/04/27/nasa-carbon-dioxide-fertilization-greening-earth-study-finds/ That's MORE Green Plants & Trees are growing now than ever before with an area density surpassing that of the ENTIRE continent of North America (Mexico, USA, Canada & Greenland Combined).


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Teresa Pilkington
20 Days ago

kill them all.


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Nguyễn Phạm Thu Uyên
20 Days ago

Hi Ha


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Debi Galik
20 Days ago

while we are worrying about which bathroom others should use, the real problems of this planet go unsolved-


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Shiv Kumar
20 Days ago

I just sit an exam in EMBA program of FNU and answered related to exponential growth of population and it's relative consumption impacting sustainable economic development. ...


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Darisha Datt
20 Days ago

Goodness..we had a lengthy discussion last nyt on ds Shiv Kumar !


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Kathleen Youngblood
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Kathleen Youngblood
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Stacy Shiflett
20 Days ago

Over population. ..pfff


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