Human history tells the story of a series of population cycles. The names and locations change but the basic pattern is this:
- A small group of humans comes across a resource base (in most civilizations up until 1900, this was soil) and builds a thriving civilization.
- This civilization develops impressive art, social, commercial and military capabilities.
- Either the population grows too large for the resource base or the resource base is ruined by human overuse or natural disaster.
- The civilization starts to show the strain of decline, with the more privileged people drawing further away from the main body of society.
- This distance and disparity, along with the shortage of resources, leads to civil conflict, making it even harder for the society to deal with its fundamental resource crisis.
- The resource crisis forces large numbers of the population to either migrate or starve. Typically, birth rates plummet while mortality increases. The population declines, either gradually or abruptly.
Did you know?
- Each year Canada loses 20,000 to 25,000 hectares of prime farmland to urban expansion
- For every 1,000 people we add to Canada’s population, we lose 53 hectares of prime farmland near our large urban areas
- Despite the large geographic area of Canada, only 3.2% of can be used to grow crops and 4.2% canbe used as pastureland
How long did it take you to get to work this morning?
What was your mood when you arrived?
While our cities expand, so do the costs of running them and living in them, yet the quality of life within them is declining. While everyone can see the congestion and gridlock on our roads, not enough people are talking about commuter stress and what causes it.