“Our population and our use of the finite resources of planet Earth are growing exponentially, along with our technical ability to change the environment for good or ill.” Stephen Hawking
Innovation is all about people. Innovation thrives when the population is diverse, accepting and willing to cooperate. Vivek Wadhwa
Population growth is straining the Earth’s resources to the breaking point, and educating girls is the single most important factor in stabilizing that. That, plus helping women gain political and economic power and safeguarding their reproductive rights. Al Gore
On Wednesday, July 11, we will celebrate World Population Day and, as I write this post, we stand at 7.6 billion souls and growing on planet earth. How will our resources provide for the growing numbers? How will we sustain this growth? How will the growing numbers impact our environment, global development goals, and other matters of great concern? Whether we choose to embrace the rest of the world or pretend we are the only ones in it, we will be impacted. Since 1989, when UNDP created World Population Day in response to the excitement generated by the Day of 5 Billion ( July 11 1987), it hasn’t looked back. It has tackled many issues facing the world from empowerment to education to ending poverty and more. With each new year, our global population continues to explode, our scientific community remains concerned that unless we all get involved in dealing with issues affecting the earth, we will have a hard time making our planet sustainable for us, our children, grandchildren and beyond. Indeed, the alarm is ringing louder as each year passes by and our numbers on the planet increases. What must we do?
Important Facts About World Population Day: It took hundreds of thousands of years for the world population to grow to 1 billion – then in just another 200 years or so, it grew sevenfold. In 2011, the global population reached the 7 billion mark, and today, it stands at about 7.5 billion.
This dramatic growth has been driven largely by increasing numbers of people surviving to reproductive age, and has been accompanied by major changes in fertility rates, increasing urbanization and accelerating migration. These trends will have far-reaching implications for generations to come. World population trends
“When it comes to the population explosion, there are two questions on the table. One, is our population growth going to kill us all? And two, is there any ethical way to prevent that from happening?” Annalee Newitz
By improving health, empowering women, population growth comes down. Bill Gates
With a tree, all the growth takes place at the growing tips. Humanity is exactly the same. All the growth takes place in the growing tip: among that one percent of the population. It’s made up of pioneers, the beginners. That’s where the action is. Abraham Maslow
In 2018, the theme for World Population Day is Family Planning is a Human Right. As per the UN, this year will mark the 50th anniversary of the 1968 International Conference on Human Rights, where family planning was, for the first time, globally affirmed to be a human right. It is a very important theme because we live on a planet that, while abundant in many ways, has finite resources for the ever exploding population growth we are experiencing globally. Some of the discussions on the subject suggest that giving women freedom to their reproductive rights, an equitable education and full knowledge of the nine standards to upholding their right to family planning** would make a tremendous impact. When we are able to provide adequate healthcare and family planning options to the 214 million women in the world who need it, we are helping each other stay healthy, raise families we can feed, educate and support, and we are helping reduce infant mortality rates in poverty stricken areas where the survival rate for babies and young mothers are terrible. But we need collaborative and comprehensive action that is humane and ethical.
In essence, the nine standards can be explained as thus:**Nine standards to uphold the human right to family planning must be Non-discriminatory, Available, Accessible, Acceptable, Good quality, Encourage Informed decision-making, Offer Privacy and confidentiality, Invite Participation and Have Accountability. If all member states honor the tenets of these nine recommendations, we will be on the road to containing the explosion. Two other important considerations are the questions raised by Annalee Newitz: Is our population growth going to kill us all? Potentially yes… If we don’t take control of the explosion by offering planning options to families, better education, and finding ways to increase the development of a greener environment, we will perish. Is there any ethical way to prevent that from happening? Yes, read the answer to #1 and the entire post. There are humane efforts member nations can make to ensure we deliver a sustainable and safe planet to our children; it begins with us, our attitudes towards consumption, procreation, and managing our planet for all on it. Without sensible decision-making by our leaders, we will create and leave an untenable legacy for our kids.
World Population Day, which seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues, was established by the then-Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989, an outgrowth of the interest generated by the Day of Five Billion, which was observed on 11 July 1987. By resolution 45/216 of December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly decided to continue observing World Population Day to enhance awareness of population issues, including their relations to the environment and development.
READ: Tracking Global Progress in Family Planning
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“The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man.” Thomas Malthus
Close to a billion people – one-eighth of the world’s population – still live in hunger. Each year 2 million children die through malnutrition. This is happening at a time when doctors in Britain are warning of the spread of obesity. We are eating too much while others starve. Jonathan Sacks
There can be no peace in the world so long as a large proportion of the population lack the necessities of life and believe that a change of the political and economic system will make them available. World peace must be based on world plenty. John Boyd Orr
What 10 things do we need to know about World Population? When I think of our world population, I imagine a world so diverse and culturally rich that it saddens me to read that so many live in poverty. How could we live in an abundantly blessed world (in some aspects) and children still go to bed hungry; even here in the US? Hunger and poverty remain a sad but persistent problem for families in rural areas and it is a tragedy that this is the cases in countries around the world. If we would all consume only what we need and learn to share with others without an agenda, we would be on the road to ending world hunger by 2020.
What other points do you know about our world population? Did you know that there are:
1. more young people in the world than ever before…
2. more women in sub-Saharan Africa who are as likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth as women in nineteenth-century England…
3. 225 million women in developing countries who need access to modern contraceptives and millions more who get no prenatal care…
4. more Child marriages every year; it remains widespread; around 37,000 child marriages take place each day around the world…
5. many complications in pregnancy and childbirth and they are the 2nd leading killers of adolescent girls in developing countries…
6. over 7 billion on this planet and by the end of the 21st C, our global population could be as high as 17 billion…
7. fewer HIV-related deaths among adults; it’s down by 35% but the % has gone up for adolescents…
8. millions of preteen girls still experience FGM? If not stopped, about 15 million girls between ages 15 and 19 will be subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) between now and 2030…
9. millions migrating across borders globally every year and Migration will continue to grow; in 2013, 232 million people were international migrants and in 2017, there were 258 million international migrants…
10. urbanization explosions globally. More than 50% of the world is urbanized and the trend will continue; the implications are huge especially the impact on greening, consumption/waste disposal and the spread of disease…
2018 theme: Family Planning is a Human Right. World Population Day, 11 July, This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1968 International Conference on Human Rights, where family planning was, for the first time, globally affirmed to be a human right. The conference’s outcome document, known as the Teheran Proclamation, stated unequivocally: “Parents have a basic human right to determine freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children.” Additional Language included this: Women and girls have the right to avoid the exhaustion, depletion and danger of too many pregnancies, too close together. Men and women have the right to choose when and how often to embrace parenthood — if at all. Every individual has the human right to determine the direction and scope of his or her future in this fundamental way. World Population Day
READ: The International Migration Report 2017 (Highlights)
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