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Futurewise, Fourth Edition by Patrick Dixon

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CHAPTER 2UrbanMillions drawn to city lights

The second face of the future is urban – the huge impact of population growth, of urbanisation, ageing and other socio-demographic shifts.

POPULATION GROWTH A MAJOR THREAT

Everyone talks about the population explosion, but the graph is a straight line, likely to level off. Actually, it is two lines added together: an ageing and shrinking population in many wealthy countries and a juvenile, expanding population in the poorest countries. One billion children will become consumers in the next 15 years – the biggest jump in human history; 350 million children in Africa today see glimpses of your lifestyle and compare it with their own on less than $3 a day. If just 0.1 per cent become politically motivated ...

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