Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Urban Living and Population Growth

Hi everyone! Apologies for the delay in posting over the last couple of days. We are in the middle of moving into our new house in Auckland and doing some *cough* minor renovation work on it. We’ll be laughing when we move in, hopefully sometime next month, but there’s a lot of work to do between now and then.

The house that we have moved to is on a rise and looks over a small depression. From our windows we can see dozens of houses packed close together. Our house is on about 400 square metres of land and thus is fairly cheek-by-jowl with the neighbouring houses. You really cannot escape the fact that there are hundreds of people living in very close proximity to us. And that is in Auckland, New Zealand, a city that is not large by world standards (at 1.5 million people). From my limited experience of overseas cities (mainly in Europe) I can only imagine what it would be like to live in a city five or ten times as large.

Nowadays, most of us in this world live in cities (apparently the tipping over 50% was in 2008). We live increasingly in more confined spaces where we are very much aware of our neighbours. We see thousands of fellow human being every day – in the car, at work, walking down the street. So it’s no surprise that with these daily reminders of the mass of humanity that we are innately fearful of overpopulation. That’s what we live with and experience.

Read more at Mercator.Net.

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