It was when the World’s population hit 7 Billion!
Some Countries Celebrated: Zambia- 7,000,000,000 song contest Vietnam- staged a 7 billion concert Russia- authorities gave gifts to selected babies Ivory coast- national comedians staged a show. Philippines- 7 billionth baby born (Danica)
But other countries do not think it is a cause for celebration! Instead they are VERY concerned.
WHY are they so concerned? Because …More babies are being born and people are livinglonger.Population of the world is increasing too rapidly for itto be sustainable. 1987- 5 billion 1999- 6 billion 2011- 7 billion 2025- 8 billion (predicted) 2100- 10 billion (predicted) (India will overtake China as the world’s most populous nation by 2025, with an estimated 1.5 billion people).
What is happening? More people means more people taking resources such as Food Land for farming and building Loss of ground water Deforestation Heavy energy use (which leads to climate change) Population is growing most in poorest/ developing countries Poor countries also have fragile environments Rich countries try to protect what they have and don’t really want to share
Activity to help you understand: 4 people stand on one side of the room- represent developed countries Rest of class stand on other side of room- represent developing countries Resources allocated Does it seem fair to you?
Who is populating the world? People in developing countries, especially Africa, Latin America and Asia (5 kids or more on average) These people have big families because of Cultural values Lack of education No family planning Want large families to work the land and as many of their children die young Developed countries (2 kids on average per year)
Facts India will overtake China as the world’s most populous nation by 2025, with an estimated 1.5 billion people. If China did not have a family planning law (only 1 child per family) the world population would have reached 1 billion in 2006. Some people say the Chinese law is against human rights, but it has worked. USA is only developed country that has a growing population. ◦ White population of European heritage is not growing ◦ Immigrants are causing population growth from Latin America, especially Mexico (laborers) Asians (educated professionals)
How can this problem be solved? Education Family planning ◦ Keep girls in poor countries in school so they know about family planning and have a choice (many marry at 13-14 years old and start having babies) Put less stress on the environment-decrease dependence on fossil fuels Decrease the number of households (use less energy)
If you want a sustainableEarth for generations tocome, then something needsto be done now .What do you think should happen?
SourcesVideo articleshttp://edition.cnn.com/2011/10/17/opinion/sachs-global-population/index.htmlhttp://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/living/2011/10/26/why-is-global-population-spiking.cnnhttp://edition.cnn.com/2011/10/28/opinion/pearce-population-fertility/index.html?iref=storysearchChinahttp://edition.cnn.com/2011/10/28/world/asia/china-one-child/index.html?iref=allsearchCNN with maphttp://edition.cnn.com/2011/10/28/opinion/pearce-population-fertility/index.html?iref=storysearchhttp://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2011/10/31/vassileva-seven-billionth-baby.cnn?iref=allsearchBirth RateMaphttp://www.flickr.com/photos/laurenmanning/2979574719/Article in Philippine Enquirer 31st Oct 2011