Today 7 billion...

31 October 2011, Comments 0

Today marks a major milestone in terms of the world’s population… we’ve grown by 1 billion people and it only took 12 years! When I think about it, it doesn’t necessarily seem like much. But when I really think about, that means in the past 12 years, since 1999, there have been 1 billion babies born in this world!

WOW!

[pause]WOW!


From the L.A. Times — Demographers at the United Nations Population Division set Oct. 31, 2011, as the “symbolic” date for hitting 7 billion, while acknowledging that it’s impossible to know for sure the specific time or day.

Is a growing population or growing consumption the biggest environmental challenge? How best do we help lift a billion people out of poverty and misery? Should governments provide contraception for those who cannot afford it?

Lending a Helping Hand
In the annual State of the World Population report,  Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin wrote “Instead of asking questions like, ‘Are we too many?’ we should instead be asking, ‘What can I do to make our world better?'” He is the new leader of the United Nations Population Fund and a Nigerian obstetrician-gynecologist. 
The report chronicles disparities between rich nations and poor ones. Poor countries continue to have low education levels and startlingly high rates of teenage pregnancy and maternal and child deaths due to complications from childbirth.

Births Up, Life Expectancy Longer
Some have used the occasion to celebrate the unrivaled success of the human species. Population grows when births exceed deaths. The 7-billion mark was reached because people are living longer and the number of infant deaths has dropped, because of a more secure food supply and because of advances in sanitation and medicine.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will talk about challenges ahead, particularly how to reduce poverty, invest in the world’s 1.8 billion youth and help countries develop in a sustainable way.
What are you doing to separate yourself from the myriad of the rest of the 699,999,999 billion people in the world? How are you helping your neighbor? Your country? Your Homeless? Your Impoverished? The Needy?

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