In 2050 I’ll be 67 years old, retired, living on a farm somewhere in rural Jordan and spending most of my days shaking my fists at the clouds as they pass by. In the late evening I’ll sit on the front porch in a rocking chair sipping lemonade and polishing my rifle. So as you can see my original plans to retire somewhere on Mars have been replaced and I’ll tell you why.
Because of Global Warming the summers will be much hotter and the winters a lot colder.
I’ll be living on a farm because in 2050 there will be 10.2 million people living in Jordan and I’m guessing at least half will be in Amman (which is currently 2.3 million to Jordan’s 5.7 million).
Keep in mind these are Jordanian citizens and this is based on the current birth rate compared to the expected changes in the birth rate as well as the economic devolopment in the country. So you’ll still have more Egyptian workers and Gulf tourists.
So if you think the traffic jam in Amman was bad last summer then you ain’t seen nutin yet.
The birth rate suprisingly is going down. This is due to health services encouraging family planning which should and probably will play a larger role in the next few years. Not to mention that more women are putting off marriage for education. The biggest category being 15 to 19 year old women. According to the Jordan Times:
According to the latest available data, women in this category give birth to 26 out of 1,000 live births, down from 30 to 50 in 1997.
But all this aside for a moment, yes it’s important but not as important as water, which is something we will have a lot less of by 2050.
I wonder if it will get to a point where the government will allow one shower per week per family member. Or the closing down of car washes. Or arressting people (especially egyptian workers) who are so careless and wasteful with water that washing their car or sweeping the front yard means creating an artificial river of water in the street. (By the way I think they should start arressting people for that now as it is, but thats just me)
Will they shut down Amman Waves and that other water park they’re building at the dead sea? Heck isn’t the dead sea supposed to be dry by like 100 years? (By the way I think they should close these places down)
More hotels, more pools, more homes, more people, more wells, more cars, more traffic congestion, more heat, more thirst, more tourists, more just about everything…except water. And all the progress you could ever imagine, every economic reform, every advancement in the business sector…none of this will matter if you don’t have water.
Which is why I suggest you all buy rifles because unless something is done now to meet population growth, by the time our generation retires the next generation will be jumping over our walls to get to our water. It’ll be a scene out of Dawn of the Dead, except American blue collar zombies looking for human blood are replaced by undead Jordanians looking for H2O. The next big conflict is not about land or oil, it’s going to be water, or lack thereof.