A Planet on the Move

 

© DANISH SIDDIQUI/Reuters/Corbis

© DANISH SIDDIQUI/Reuters/Corbis

In 2007, the UN announced that, for the first time in the history of humanity, more than half the world’s population were now living in cities. After this milestone, the expectation is that by 2050 70 per cent of the world will be urban. This massive transition is largely being driven by the urbanisation of China, itself described as the largest migration in human history, as many millions of people leave their villages to seek work in giant new cities. It is expected that, after China and India, the same process will occur in developing African nations, leaving an almost completely urbanised planet by the end of the 21st century.

Full article at the New Humanist