11 July, World Population Day, is observed to raise awareness about the population-related issues all over the globe. It was inspired by the Five Billion Day on July 11, 1987, the approximate date on which the population of the world reached 5 billion.
Today the day is observed to highlight the importance of family planning, poverty, human rights etc. As of 2015, the total world population reached 7.4 billion! It is expected to reach 11.2 billion by the end of this century. Out of the total population, about 60 pc lives in Asia, making it the most populous continent on Earth with India and China being the main contributors.
Guy has a point! We might be making great strides on multiple fronts, but on this it’s better if we stop where we are!
India has a billion reasons to celebrate (!) this day and so has China. Whereas China has been more successful in curbing their population, we haven’t been able to do so and are poised to be the most populous nation by 2030, something that we won’t exactly be proud of.
But let us focus on the positive side and raise awareness about the problems that arise due to large population. Let us not repeat mistakes of our past and focus on the future by making our current population more responsible.
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