The Philippines Has the 12th Largest Population in the World

Now that's a lot of people.

The Philippines is the 72nd largest country in the world in terms of landmass, but when it comes to population size, we are one of the largest. According to the latest data from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Philippines has the 12th largest population on the planet, surpassing geographically larger countries like France and Turkey.

The Philippines ranks just above Egypt and below Japan and is part of the top 20 most populous countries in the world. China and India top the list with a combined population that takes up 36 percent of the 7.9 billion global population, a worldwide total that's expected to balloon to 10.9 billion by 2100. 

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Based on IMF's data, Asian countries make up some of the most populous places on Earth, taking up 10 of the top 20 countries on the list. The United Nations predicts the Asian population to reach 5.27 billion in 2070, while Europe and Latina America will reach 689 million and 765 million, respectively, by 2060. This unstoppable increase in the global population has caused many to wonder, just how many people can the planet support?


According to data from the NGO Global Footprint Network (GFP), the world is not enough. At our current rate, with our growing global population, the Earth is running out of resources to support the almost eight billion human population. The NGO GFP tracks the natural resources the Earth makes in a year and states the date when the global population uses it all up. The date is called the Earth Overshoot Day and, in 2020, it happened on August 22. In 2019, it was even earlier on July 29. In an alternate universe where there were no "stock" resources to draw upon, the world would starve for the rest of the year for failing to evenly allocate and distribute resources.

Unsustainable lifestyles and living standards are the greatest polluters and consumers of the planet's resources and, depending on each country's lifestyle, we consume two to five times what the Earth can support. For example, the lifestyle of the U.S. population would require five Earths and their resources to make it through a year. South Korea, which has one of the smaller populations in Asia, would require 3.8 Earths to support their living standard. Meanwhile, other more populous countries like China and Brazil would only require 2.3 Earths and 1.8 Earths, respectively. And in Indonesia, one of the most populous places in Southeast Asia, about one Earth would do.

Clearly, while growing populations are a worry, how we unequally allocate resources is the bigger problem here.

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