New Report Predicts How Australians Will Be Living In 2050
Ever wondered what life will be like in 2050? Will we be living far out from the capital city? Flying through the air? Probably not the last one, mind you - but maybe.
But doesn’t it make you the least bit curious? Well, a new report has predicted just that, and this is what they found.
The population is growing at a rapid rate, and as a result, they way we live is bound to change. The global population is tipped to surge 24 per cent by 2050, from 7.5 billion to 9.8 billion.
That’s a big change.
According to the report, 22 per cent of the world will be aged over 60 by 2050, up from 11 per cent recorded in 2012.
Interestingly, it’ll be the first time in human history that the elderly population outnumbers the youth.
So, things are going to have to change. The biggest change?
There’ll be new cities
To cope with the growing numbers on the planet, the report stated that Australia would need to create a number of new cities to cope with the demand.
Simon Caspersen, from future-living innovation lab SPACE10, said to handle a 9.3 billion population over the next 40 years, there’d need to be new cities established quickly.
“To put it into perspective, that’s around six new cities for six million people every month,” he said.
Everyone will have housemates
“A likely scenario, we believe that the future will be more about ‘co-living’ — a shared economy where we make do with less space, surrounded by more people.
“From a retail perspective, we will continue to adapt our home furnishings to suit these future spaces.
We expect to see smaller spaces, with clever storage solutions, greener spaces in our environments — inside and out — and home furnishings solutions which will be better for people and the planet, IKEA sustainability manager Kate Ringvall said.
We’ll grow our own food
To cope with the growing population, the report predicts many of us will become farmers, and start growing our own foods.
“From bins with built-in recycling sections, to mini greenhouses to help people grow their own herbs and vegetables at home — our goal is to facilitate an eco-friendly lifestyle,” Kate said.
Well, sounds very interesting!