In family relations class, this is the second week of the semester. For one of our assignments, we watch a documentary call “Demographic Winter”. The topic was on how the world’s population was decreasing. It was a wake up call for me. I didn’t even realize it was happening until I was informed. In the 1970’s and 80’s, scientist thought the world could only fit 3 Billion people on it. They were afraid we would use up the worlds resources. But now today the world’s population is 7 Billion people. More than twice as much as scientists feared. The main reason the world’s population is decreasing is because fewer women are having children. There is a fertility rate the population must be at or over in order to populate, most nations of the world are under that fertility rate.
One way to improve the world is to increase our human capital, in other words, the value each person makes. That way each person will put more worth to what he or she does. Productivity is a part of human capital. How productive are you being? Are you seeking to provide for your and other’s needs? If the world’s population would increase their human capital we can change the decrease in the population.
The documentary was very informative. I would encourage anyone to watch it. It is in two parts. The links to them can be found below.