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Monday Was the UN’s World Population Day



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This year’s theme celebrates (laments?) Earth’s population hitting the 7 billion mark. From the UN’s website. Emphasis mine:

World Population Day will kick off the 7 Billion Actions campaign.

The tremendous interest generated by the Day of 5 Billion on 11 July 1987 led to the establishment of World Population Day as an annual event. For more than 20 years, 11 July has been an occasion to mark the significance of population trends and related issues.

This year, as the world population is expected to surpass 7 billion, UNFPA and partners are launching a campaign called 7 Billion Actions. It aims to engage people, spur commitment and spark actions related to the opportunities and challenges presented by a world of 7 billion people.

In many ways a world of 7 billion is an achievement: Globally, people are living longer and healthier lives, and couples are choosing to have fewer children. However, because so many couples are in, or will soon be entering, their reproductive years, the world population is projected  to increase for decades to come.  Meeting the needs of current and future generations presents daunting challenges.

Whether we can live together equitably on a healthy planet will depend on the choices and decisions we make now. In a world of 7 billion people, and counting, we need to count each other.

Quick, before they have babies and start wanting things like air conditioning and electricity! Don’t they know about their carbon footprint?

You can click on the link above, scroll down, and see the goals for previous “Population Days.” Maybe next year’s Population Day can focus on why nothing ever get accomplished from one Population Day to the next.



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