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With global population approaching 7 billion, humans use over 40% of Earth’s land surface for cities, crops and pastures. And 90% of the land suitable for agriculture is already in use! What will life on Earth be like in 2050, when the human population could reach 9 billion or more?
Decisions about future use and care of our planet’s systems—the water, the air, the land—are critical. Many believe human creativity, innovation and leadership can and must lead the way to a future in which our planet’s systems are nurtured even as they sustain the growing human population.