Things everybody should know about World's population

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I never imagined that the phrase "RIP" would  become overused phrase of the year. In this epidemic, we've seen a lot of death. No one could have predicted that something as heinous as the coronavirus would wreak havoc on the world, bringing tremendous misery to everybody. Even though we are all more conscious of people, crowds and the effects of large populations now than ever before, it is still important to address certain concerns as death does not stop the world population from growing.

Earth’s population has never been higher. In June 2021, the world’s population surpassed 7.9 billion people. A lot of people would say that the world is in turmoil. There are a lot of problems that we, as a global society, need to fix. Some of these problems are easily identifiable, while others are not as easy to spot. Even though just a handful are evident, yet many people overlook these issues.
Considering forgetting is human nature, the United Nations decided to commemorate "World Population Day" to remind us that we must first figure out how to strike a balance between the right to have children and the right to life. 

 

WORLD POPULATION DAY

World Population Day is a yearly event celebrated on July 11th to raise awareness of global population concerns. It was created in 1989 by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme. The concept was spurred by popular interest in Five Billion Day, which took place on July 11, 1987, roughly when the world's population exceeded five billion people.The objective of World Population Day is to educate the public about the relevance of family planning, gender equality, poverty, maternal health, and human rights. While you're here, learn about the overpopulation problems that everyone is concerned about. 

World's Population Issues.

In recent years, population growth has been a hot topic. Is the world’s population getting too big? Too small? How many people should there be? It's a scary time to be alive. The more our population grows, the more difficult it will be to feed everyone. You know that our population is getting bigger and bigger, but what exactly does that mean for our future? It’s easy to look at the world population growing by the day and think, “Okay, it’s just population growth. We can handle this.” But several population problems arise with having too many people on the planet. Here are few .

 Underdevelopment

  • World population problems often come in the form of overpopulation and underdevelopment. Overpopulation is an issue in many developing countries, where there are more people than the amount of food and land to support them. This leads to low levels of development as there is poor real per capita income, widespread poverty, low literacy, short life expectancy, and resource underutilization, among other things. 

Hunger and Starvation

  • Overpopulation often leads to immigration, poverty, famine, unemployment, disease and death. Low agricultural productivity on farms in underdeveloped countries causes famines where millions perish from hunger and starvation.

Infrastructure and Construction

  • The population is one of the most underappreciated problems facing the world today. Overpopulation is a problem that is not only a global issue but also one that is slowly being turned into a huge problem in cities. Places like Tokyo and New York City, for example, are having to rethink their infrastructure and construction to accommodate the population.
  • The problem with a high population density is that there isn't enough food and water for everyone to survive on their own. There needs to be an effort on both the individual and government levels to create more sustainable ways of living so that we can not only survive but thrive in these crowded conditions. Nations will need to move a great deal of infrastructure. By 2050, just under 20% of the world's population will live in cities, so much space will be needed to accommodate them. This includes a lot of new housing and new roads. As a result, most people are concerned about how they can increase their living space without destroying the environment.

Impact on the Environment

  • Also, overpopulation harms the environment by contributing to pollution and global warming as more people use more resources to heat their homes, power their factories, drive cars, etc. These activities all contribute to higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and add to global warming.
  • Some believe that overpopulation is not only harmful to humans but also animals and other forms of life. We've been consuming more than our fair share of resources for too long and it's time for us to stop. By doing this we'll be prepared for future disasters like the ELE (Earth Liberation Front) or human-caused climate change.

 

Ways to Combat World Population Problems

The world population is rapidly increasing, and the consequences are dire. Growing at an alarming rate, the need for sustainable and responsible family planning is more important than ever. This exponential growth will have significant impacts on the environment, economic activity, and social stability. That’s why it’s important to address the issue of population and what we can do to combat it.

  1. Educate people on the benefits of smaller families 
  2. Provide access to contraception 
  3. Promote safe sex 
  4. Empower women 
  5. Make a plan for the entire world 
  6. Make population control a priority
  7. Improve our diets
  8. Increase exercise 
  9. Reduce food waste 
  10. Educate people on the benefits of having a single child.

Are we doing anything at all?

World population growth is predicated on three major factors. One, living standards are improving in developing countries and; two, people are having fewer children than previous generations due to new contraceptives and better education. Three, death rates are going down as access to health care improves in developing countries. Hence the statistic that the human population will reach 9 billion by 2050. Of course, this isn't all bad news for our planet or ourselves if we continue to tackle the problems. Work is always in  progress.

1. Ample clean water aided by man-made solutions 

Desalination technology, on the other hand, has come a long way and is now highly efficient. With a few dollars worth of equipment, brackish water may be converted to fresh water at low costs. There will come a day when pure drinking water can be extracted directly from the humidity in the air. This is a very practical technique that can be utilised everywhere there is electricity, from the United States and Canada to Mexico and farther beyond.

2. Less competition for resources with humans being more efficient 

Many people these days reside in towns and cities where massive volumes of clean energy, such as gypsum, wind, sun, and hydropower, may be generated from renewable sources.Therefore, people no longer require as many resources as they formerly did to live a happy existence and many nations are currently producing practically all of their energy from renewable sources, just as they would in a metropolitan environment.

3. Environmental concerns are more widely recognised as a result of greater knowledge and understanding.

People in developed countries are more ecologically concerned than they have ever been. This is attributable in large part to increased environmental education and the ability to communicate more easily with people all over the globe thanks to technology like mobile phones, Skype, and social media. Over time, the total of our activities will undoubtedly have a good impact on our world.

Facts About The World's Population

It doesn't harm to learn about facts now that you're aware of some difficulties and how to address them.
Here are a few facts regarding world population that everyone should be aware of.

  • Despite high rates of death among the impoverished, the world population continues to expand at an astounding rate.
  • The world population is growing at a pace of 1.10 percent each year, or around 83 million people per year.
  • The global population is anticipated to reach 8.6 billion by 2030, 9.8 billion by 2050, and 11.2 billion by 2100.
  • China, India, United States, Indonesia and Pakistan are the 5 most populous countries in the world.
  • As of July 2021, males make up 50.4 per cent of the world's population, while females make up 49.6 per cent.
  • The world’s population aged 60 or above is growing at a rate of 3 per cent per year. 
  • The global population of elderly people is expected to reach 1.4 billion in 2030, 2.1 billion in 2050, and 3.1 billion in 2100.

Conclusion

Why should we care? It seems a bit ridiculous to argue with people who are so unwilling to look at population issues without any sort of biased agenda. One of the biggest problems with demographers is that they tend to focus on the issues of overpopulation rather than underpopulation. It's easy to see overpopulation issues first because there is no economic discussion of overpopulation, only of underpopulation. People just look at the total number of people living in the world and decide that they are consuming too much. Population topic is itself a troubled area to tackle. I will leave it up to you to read further and discover more of it.

 

 

 

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