Today marks the 25th annual World Population Day in which individuals around the globe are conceptualizing the significance of population trends—most specifically the enormity of 7 billion persons. Yes, by the end of 2011, population numbers will climb to a new milestone as life expectancies are growing and developing nations are industrializing.
While advancements in health care have reduced mortality and extended life expectancies, a booming population poses challenges to the world’s limited resources.
Here’s what we can look for in the present and future:
- The world’s population growth rate is currently 1.2 percent
- Today’s youth makes up 1.2 billion of the total population and nearly 90 percent of it is located in developing countries
- By the end of 2011, the world population will exceed 7 billion
- 97 percent of the world population growth in the next 40 years will be occurring in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean
- By 2050, the world population will reach 9.1 billion and the top three most populated countries will be India, China, and the United States
- While populations in developing countries are expected to grow, populations in Germany, Italy, Japan, and former areas of the Soviet Union are predicted to lessen by 2050
If you would like to take action, the UNFPA and its partners created a campaign called 7 Billion Actions which addresses these issues of population growth.