The United Nations report on the state of global development stated that due to environmental disasters and climate change, 3.1 billion people could be put into extreme poverty by 2050 unless steps are taken to become more sustainable and prepared. Although things like pollution, climate change, and deforestation are not prejudice, it seems to strike the poorer countries even worse. Specifically in places like sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, development in income levels, education levels, and life expectancy will see a sharp decline because of environmental challenges. A prime example was the developing island state, Grenada, after hurricane Ivan. The losses accounted to twice its GDP. When the ecosystem loses out, livelihood opportunities are constrained and an already harsh lifestyle goes from poverty to extreme poverty.
This article is all too relevant to the current topics we have been discussing; population, environment, and poverty. It is the best explanation for the fact that despite world inequity is declining; a large portion of the population is still impoverished. The article states that by 2030, 80 percent of the world’s population will be living in what is the developing world today. Schuetze then states that because of environmental disasters, those gains are at risk to be slowed or even halted. To take care of the people that inhabit the planet, the planet first has to be taken care of. Just like the Easter Island example, but magnified. If we overshoot our resources, the planets carrying capacity will collapse.