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Are we too many?

“The Earth is not just an ordinary planet! One can count, there 111 kings (not forgetting, to be sure, the Negro kings among them), 7000 geographers, 900,000 businessmen, 7,500,000 tipplers, 311,000,000 conceited men– that is to say, about 2,000,000,000 grown-ups.”

This is passage from a book, The Little Prince. These figures are old because the book is old enough to not to have recent figures. And one should also consider the fact that author might not have had access to Google and/or wikipedia 😉 Now we, the people form a big number of 6.7 billion. With this number increasing, all the developed nations are worried. They think (god knows whether they really think so or they just pretend it!) that we (meaning…they actually point to we, the third world countries!) humans have grown too much in number. They talk a lot about population and ways to prevent population growth.

I am writing this to break this myth. Yes it is myth. What on earth makes you guys think that there is too much of population? can you guess how much physical area all human beings take up on earth’s surface? Before reading ahead just make a guess and write down your guess in square kilometers.

If you have written down the figure, let me start breaking the myth. Let us imagine that we decide to pack all humans closely and then measure the total area used by them. We will make all human beings stand for a school assembly in disciplined manner. Let me give “just” comfortable space for every human being. In one square meter 4 people can stand very comfortably (that even accounts for obese people around!). That means that we totally need 6.7/4 billion square meters in total for all human beings. can you imagine how big is that number?

6.7/4 10e9 sq meter = 1675 sq km!
= 40 km x 40 km!

40 km x 40 km just covers one big city in India or a small island in sea! Thats it! All humans beings total do not occupy too much of area on earth! We occupy only 1675 sq km out of total 510,065,600 sq km area available on earth!

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