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Peak Population – New Photo Book Reveals Dark Future For Planet

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Incredible photos (below) reveal the rapid destruction humanity itself is inflicting on our very limited planet. Is over development and over population about to reach the point of no return?

It’s the stuff of science fiction films and horrifying nightmares, however a dystopian future of toxicicity and the end of life as we know it could be knocking our doors as we speak. A new book detailing images and photographs from around our planet paints a bleak picture indeed, and poses the big question – when do we stop?

Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot (OVER) is an impressive piece of photobook art crystallizing the ecological and social tragedies of humanity’s ballooning numbers and consumption. Filled with powerful and evocative images, OVER addresses the many challenges caused by human population size (7.3 billion) and growth (1.5 million people every week).

Below are just a few of the startling images from within the book including the infamous picture above by Zak Noyle of Dede Surinaya surfing – getting barreled in a garbage-filled bay on Java, Indonesia – the book is available to read online for free (we’ve embedded it at the bottom of the page here for you).

We know for sure though, this makes you think about everything you do as a consumer and citizen of planet earth – and the next time you get to the checkout at the local servo, supermarket or department store, have a bloody good think about where your dollar goes and how far it will travel.

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The ‘Over’ book is available free online (at the bottom of this page) or you can check out the website for more information and hard copies at www.populationspeakout.org
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Horrific scenes as an over populated city population tries desperately to enjoy the ocean and beach in Rio De Janeiro
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The more people enter the sea, the more we will encounter the creatures that dwell within – but are our fears driving idiocy and destruction rather than sustainability and compassion?
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A Japanese harbourside aerial view depicts just part of the influence that over 7 billion people have on this planet in terms of our daily needs.
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Whether you believe it’s man made or a natural occurence, climate change is very real and it is happening now at an alarming pace. Whatever your belief, the industrialisation and rapid human growth on planet earth is having a massive impact and doing nothing to stem the flow of pollutants and environmental destruction. Are we on a collision course with the end? Rapid glacial melt in Norway.
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It is here, and it is now, but can we stop it and is there still hope? The polar bears are certainly living, and dying, with climate change every day.
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Parts of the Maldives are sinking as our oceans creep up and up and sea levels rise. Another metre of water will spell the end for millions, or so we are led to believe.
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The 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Station in Japan again exposed the monumental risk associated with nuclear energy – an industry driven by the needs of an out-of-control population boom on planet earth. Some argue that the site, which is still in meltdown and pouring radioactive water into the sea, will eventually see the end of wild seafood being sustainable and consumable on planet earth for a very long time.

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Over industrial and mass manufactured – a centre pivot irrigation grid among square fields in West Kansas, USA.
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Shipping containers are the backbone of globalised consumer economy, but is this what we want our planet to eventually look like all over? Singapore, one of the world’s busiest ports.
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The horrific decay of the depleting oil fields in Kern River, California.
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Parts of Bangladesh are slowly disappearing under literal mountains of garbage and filth. Smoke stacks from garbage kilns dot the landscape, or rather garbage-scape as the pressures of a burgeoning population reaching breaking point.
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Planet earth, more specifically Los Angeles – a freaky view of electric wires, concrete and millions upon millions of cheap production-line product consuming people and corn sugar eating mouths.
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Even London now resembles a scene from Blade Runner or The Fifth Element more than a centre of human living and congregation.

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Tyres, computers and electronics, plastics and glues, solvents, oils, rubbers and billions of tonnes of cheap artificial consumables … sadly this stuff does not go away.
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Tony Abbott and Campbell Newman tried to claim that coal was good for us, and that it was the future – they couldn’t have been farther from the truth. Coal is killing out planet, and the race is on to bury it back where it belongs and develop clean energy for all to use in perpetuity. Is this what the future rail lines of Queensland will look like after The Great Barrier Reef is lost to ports and dredging for coal? It’s happened already in the USA.

Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot

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