This thread is about how cities would be a thousand time (literally) better for humanity than millions of farms.
Now, now, hold your horses, I know how much people starts to hate cities, and want to move to a farm. That is allright, but with 7 billions of people
and climbing, farms aren't the answer to shelter all that number.
And yes, if humans don't want to witness a global genocide, people will have to learn to live together. Because frankly, there's no other way but
cities, if humanity wants to live without witnessing his neighbour get killed in the name of overpopulation, AND, if he wants to leave nature alone
and not destroy it furthermore.
And my friends, I have made the calculations for you. It is only through visual proof that we find what alternative makes more damage, and this is
exactly what I've provided for you.
Here's some elementary numbers that we will use throughout this thread:
A fourth of Earth's entire land surface has to go, because it's the superficies of mountains, swamps, and other inhabitable land.
Now... farm living.
The following numbers are to demonstrate how much of Earth's surface farming will take, if everyone leaves cities and decide to live in a farm, such
as promoted by environmentalists and media.
- A typical farm is 20 acres, or 96.2 Km² (or again, 290,400 square feet, or 96,800 square meter). So, basic number #1: 96.2 Km² for a typical farm
of 20 acres.
- A typical farm must host at least 4 peoples, which is enough to run a farm of 20 acres. So, basic number #2: 7 billions people divided by 4 =
1,750,000,000 farms.
So, let's calculate how much of Earth's surface will be taken for 1,750,000,000 farms.
Let's compare it to Earth's habitable land surface...
Then, let's compare the same number, but with Earth's entire land surface:
The end result?
If all humans would move in a farm, they will take 1520% of Earth's habitable land, and 1140% of Earth entire land.
They would need 10 Earth to shelter them all.
AND, one a side note, you have to chop down all the trees if you want a farm. Which means, humans will have to chop down the Amazonian forest, the
African jungles, everything. Which means, no more ecosystems, so more oxygen, no more carbon traps, only endless farms.
Not really the best solution to shelter 7 billions people, right? I agree.
And we all don't want a global genocide, right? We don't want to live with the fact that to save Earth, we had to kill 6 billions people, right? I
agree.
So, allow me to present the solution:
Cities made of towers.
Scary, right? And yet, it will save Earth. It will save the forests, it will save 7 billions people, and it doesn't need 10 Earth to do so. In fact,
it only needs 2,2% of our own Earth.
So... Let's begin again, shall we? Let's begin with the new generations of towers. Towers like
this one:
- A tower of 300x300 feet wide, and 1500 feet tall. The land surface is 90,000 square feet (300x300), or 30 Km². So, basic number #1, 30 Km², or
90,000 square feet.
- Basic number #2: Each room of the towers are 1600 square feet, which is the size of a typical middle-class house.
- Basic number #3: Each 1600 square feet room/house will shelter only 1 person, instead of 4 per farm in the farming calculations.
So, calculation #1: How many 1600 square feet rooms/houses can a Freedom-type tower shelter, which means how many people can it shelters...
In each Freedom-type towers, there's 84,375 people that can live in a middle-class size house.
Now, let's see how many Freedom-type towers it will take to shelter all 7 billions humans:
It will take 82,963 Freedom-type towers to shelter 7 billions people. That means 413 towers per country (82,963 towers/201 countries).
Let's see how much of Earth's surface those 82,963 towers will take:
Okay, let's see how much it will take of Earth's habitable land surface, now, with all 7 billions humans accounted for:
All 7 billions humans, all living in middle-class size house, will only take 2,2% of Earth's habitable land surface.
There's 97.2% left of virgin land.
Now, on Earth's entire land mass, 7 billions people take 1.6% of earth's ENTIRE land mass. There's still 98.4% of virgin land.
Now compare that to the 1520% that 1,750,000,000 farms would have taken, with 0.0001% of free virgin land.
But it's 2,2% is still too much, right? Let's try it with the next generation of towers, as safe as the Freedom tower, such as
this one:
- A tower of 300x300 feet wide, and 2400 feet tall. The land surface is 90,000 square feet (300x300), or 30 Km². So, basic number #1, 30 Km², or
90,000 square feet.
- Basic number #2: Each room of the towers are 1600 square feet, which is the size of a typical middle-class house.
- Basic number #3: Each 1600 square feet room/house will shelter only 1 person, instead of 4 per farm in the farming calculations.
So, calculation #1: How many 1600 square feet rooms/houses can a Burj Khalifa-type tower shelter, which means how many people can it shelters...
In each Burj Khalifa-type towers, there's 135,000 people that can live in a middle-class size house.
Now, let's see how many Burj Khalifa-type towers it will take to shelter all 7 billions humans:
It will take 51,852 Burj Khalifa-type towers to shelter 7 billions people. That means 258 towers per country (51,852 towers/201 countries).
Let's see how much of Earth's surface those 51,852 towers will take:
Okay, let's see how much it will take of Earth's habitable land surface, now, with all 7 billions humans accounted for:
All 7 billions humans, all living in middle-class size house, will only take 1.4% of Earth's habitable land surface.
There's 98.6% left of virgin land.
Now, on Earth's entire land mass, 7 billions people take 1.04% of earth's ENTIRE land mass. There's still 98.9% of virgin land.
Now compare that to the 1520% that 1,750,000,000 farms would have taken, with 0.0001% of free virgin land.