10 Powerful Images That Show How Overpopulated The World Actually Is

Not cool.

Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot (OVER) is not your usual coffee table book. It contains more than 300 pages of powerful images shot by photographers around the world and "crystallizes the ecological and social tragedies of humanity's ballooning numbers and consumption." 

The book was released as an activist tool of The Global Population Speak Out, an organization that unites environmentalists. If you aren't convinced that our planet is overpopulated, these 10 images and short quotes from the book are all the proof you need.

"Speak Out works to equip those already engaged in addressing environmental concerns with strong materials and messages to help them raise awareness and catalyze change," explains Joe Bish, the director of Issues Advocacy at Population Media Center, in the Speak Out's press release. "We are really looking forward to crowd-sourced, creative ideas for how to put this amazing book to work as an agent of positive change."

Are we really doing all of this to our planet?


1. Ice and waterfalls. These shouldn't really go together.

"Melting water on icecap, North East Land, Svalbard, Norway."

Shot by Cotton Coulson/Keenpress.

2. This island is literally shrinking.

"One of Earth's most vulnerable nations to climate change, the Maldive Islands are severely threatened by rising sea levels."

Shot by Peter Essick.

3. Just another parade in Germany.

"Mass rallies and other cultural events are only possible in a mass society. The 'Love Parade' in Tiergarten Park, Berlin, Germany."

Shot by Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

4. Whoa. That's one heck of a mine.

"The Mir Mine in Russia is the world's largest diamond mine."

Captured by Google Earth/ 2014 Digital Globe.

5. Catching a trash wave.

"Indonesian surfer Dede Surinaya catches a wave in a remote but garbage-covered bay on Java, Indonesia, the world's most populated island."

Shot by Zak Noyle.

6. Clear-cut hills in Canada.

"Sometimes called the Brazil of the North, Canada has not been kind to its native forests. Image of clear-cut logging on Vancouver Island."

Shot by Garth Lentz.

7. When containers become part of the skyline.

"Shipping containers, indispensable tool of the globalized consumer economy, reflect the skyline in Singapore, one of the world's busiest ports."

Shot by John Stanmeyer.

8. Oil spill conflagration.

"Aerial view of an oil fire following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, Gulf of Mexico."

Shot by Daniel Beltra.

9. Smoke clouds.

"Coal-burning power plant, United Kingdom."

Shot by Jason Hawkes.

10. "Waves of humanity?"

"Sprawling Mexico City, Mexico, population 20 million, density 24,600/mile (63,700/square kilometer), rolls across the landscape, displacing every scrap of natural habitat."  

Shot by Pablo Lopez Luz.

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