Does NZ, let alone Kapiti, want to be part of this relentless growth, or has the optimum population been reached?
According to a report by the UN, at some point yesterday the global population reached a record 8 billion, a figure that would have seemed astonishing only a generation or two ago.
According to the UN’s demographic experts, the world’s population is likely to soar even higher in the next few decades, hitting 8.5 billion by 2030 and 9.7 billion by 2050. By the 2080s it should reach 10.4 billion, where it will remain until the end of the century. Quite why they predict the latter isn’t clear.