Listening to the Land: Professional Choices in a Once and Future World
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CitationBox, T. (2012). Listening to the Land: Professional Choices in a Once and Future World. Rangelands, 34(1), 42-43.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
AbstractLast November the human population of the world reached seven billion. When I was born (1929) the world had about two billion people. By the time I earned my PhD (1959) there were three billion. There were 3.7 billion in 1970 when I was appointed dean, and about 5.2 billion when I retired (1990). In the next generation the population will reach eight billion. During my lifetime the world population almost quadrupled. The habitable area decreased. Increasing human density, unequal population distribution, and natural resource values will dictate that land care professionals are destined to work in a conflict zone between haves and have-nots.