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10 Numbers to Describe our world

10 Numbers to Describe our world

Tomorrow’s People: The Future of Humanity in Ten Numbers 
Paul Morland’s “Tomorrow’s People” is an engaging and insightful book that uses ten key numbers to predict and analyse the future trends affecting humanity. It effectively underscores the global interconnectedness of issues such as climate change, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and equality.


Here are the ten numbers that Morland uses to reinforce these themes.

1The impact of being the only child on family dynamics and society.
43The average age of a population and its implications for the workforce and economy.
100The rise of centenarians and the challenges of an aging population.
19The age of first childbirth and its influence on family size and population growth.
70,000Human migration and its impact on cultural and demographic shifts.
4,000,000,000Population growth in Africa and its global implications.
54The number of countries and the effects of geopolitical changes.
7The number of children per woman in high-fertility areas and the demographic transition.
23The significance of urbanisation and the growth of megacities.
94The increasing literacy rate and its role in shaping future societies.

Economic: Changes in workforce dynamics, pension systems, and healthcare.
Social: Shifts in family structures, migration patterns, and urban living.
Political: Geopolitical tensions, policy making, and governance challenges.
Environmental: Impact of population growth on resources and sustainability.

Tomorrow’s People” offers a compelling overview of how we live in a global environment and how these ten numbers will shape our future. The book urges proactive policies and global cooperation to address upcoming challenges, encapsulating Morland’s approach to understanding the future of humanity through crucial demographic and social indicators. It provides valuable insights into the interwoven fabric of our global society and the critical factors that will influence our collective future.

Morland, P. (2022). Tomorrow’s People: The Future of Humanity in Ten Numbers.   Picador. .

How many of these numbers truly resonate with you? How might they impact your perspective on our global future? Most of us are too comfortable to fully grasp their significance.