Tomorrow’s People

The Future of Humanity in Ten Numbers

Paul Morland

June 2021 proposal in English Current Affairs, Political Science

Population is the vast hidden force shaping our future. It is breaking existing institutions and building their replacements, disrupting and destroying an old-world order, and bringing into existence a new one, quite unlike any known in human history.

Tomorrow’s People spans five continents to explore ten revealing numbers that crystallize transformative trends in global human life: falling infant mortality; rising populations in sub-Saharan Africa; increasing urbanization; the collapse of childbearing patterns in Europe and Asia; widespread general aging; population decline in large parts of Asia and Europe; the dramatic speed of ethnic change in much of the West; the elimination of illiteracy; and the near-miraculous increase in agricultural output.

Morland argues that where once, demographic changes were wrought by the daily conditions of existence, increasingly they are predominantly shaped by people’s values.