Too many people? The challenges of demographic change | Business Beyond
There are now eight billion people on the planet, more than at any point in history. In many ways, population growth reflects progress: improved access to healthcare has led to a rise in life expectancy and a decline in infant mortality.
Yet the swelling number of people has also led to problems. Rapid urbanization and growing demand for resources has had a detrimental environmental impact. In regions with swelling youth populations, young people often do not have sufficient access to opportunities.
Other parts of the world are grappling with the opposite problem: their populations are ageing rapidly and there are not enough young people to support them.
In this video, we look at examples of demographic challenges in India, Nigeria and Poland and ask: what are governments doing to tackle demographic trends? We also consider the impact a surging global population will have on the long-term health of the planet.
01:55 Swelling Populations: India
05:15 Youth Bulge: Nigeria
08:00 Ageing Populations: Poland
12:04 Environmental Impact
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