World Population Day July 11 ignites awareness of an over-crowded planet
SAN DIEGO: At approximately 2 p.m. on July 8th, the World Population Clock calculated that there were 7,716,060,118 people inhabiting Earth.
Moreover, also on that same date, there was an estimated total of 227,716 live births and 95,542 deaths–representing aggregate population growth of 41,980,269 at that moment in time, according to Worldometers.
It is anticipated that in spite of declining birthrates overall, the human population is projected to increase to approximately 10 billion by 2055.
A planet in crisis
Our world is currently in strife as we endeavor to address environmental, economic, social, political, educational, cultural and resource fundamentals; and, concurrently as demands outpace supplies of air, food, water (about 10% are without clean water), employment, housing, health, and basic services.
As countries continue to address their individual concerns and desire to maintain what is considered the quality of life, global cooperation is also necessary as ever-increasing competition for resources creates unintended consequences which could include war and the spread of diseases.
It was in 1989 that the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme brought forth the initiation of observing World Population Day every July 11th; and, with the intent that it would be a day to bring attention to the critical importance of acknowledging the impacts of an ever-growing global community.
Further, it would and does allow members of the United Nations from all over the world to come together with their common population challenges and hopefully common and independent solutions.
Represented by region, the current 2019 population statistics demonstrate the breadth of major population densities in key areas:
1. Asia 4,584,807,072
2. Africa 1,320,038,716
3. Europe 743,102,600
4. Latin America and the Caribbean
5. Northern America
6. Oceania 41,826,176
Europe and North America face the most decline in births
It is anticipated that birthrates in Europe and Northern America will decline the most; and African fertility rates will continue being among the highest.
It is believed that a contributing factor in projected growing numbers of live births, and especially unwanted births, is determined by a lack of reproductive health care and access to birth control.
Moreover, in societies which culturally tend to devalue women, “the interlinkages between poverty, malnutrition, lack of or inadequate…health care services, early childbearing, child marriage, violence against young women and girls and gender discrimination….poverty remains the main social risk factor.”
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World Population Day
Celebrating World Population Day brings to light the importance of thinking about the future, and the future we are creating for those who follow us.
Coming together as a global community, with representatives from many countries of different faiths and cultural norms, we are able to realize that though we are invested in our systems of beliefs today, it is possible that compromises will be needed in our views.
It is critical that to stem the tide of over-population, increased poverty and resources deprivation that we develop new strategies and cooperative ways of development which will help make our planet more livable, sustainable and humane.
Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!