This map shows how the human population is spread over the world. Holland suddenly is quite a big country, while Russia almost disappears.
Geographer Benjamin D. Hennig made this map, as he made a lot of other ones. It is his mission: explaining the world better by making maps based on quantitive data. He dedicated his phd research to this modern cartography, claiming this is the way to do it in the future. It is about time to change the current way of map making anyway, he says. The maps we use now are still based on what we used them for hundreds of years ago: exploring new environments.
You can think of a lot of ways of mapping the world with quantative data, like breast size, red hair or popular sports. All of these have already been made, though it is nog always clear why. That is different with Hennig’s map of the human population spread. It was made in 2011 to show what the world would look like in 2013. It looked a lot different in 1995 and will look even more different in 2095, as you can see in the moving map below.
Is this scary? Hennig thinks not. Referring to other scholars he states we can and will manage population growth. After all, we are already producing food for at least 10 billion people. We only fail to distribute it properly. These maps could help with this, making it easily visible where food should be going.
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