World Groans Again: Population Hits Another Milestone

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by Pregnancy.org Staff

In the news: The world just groaned. Can you hear her? Our planet's population is hitting another milestone this fall. What does this mean for us?

Even thought the birth rate in the USA has dropped for the third year in a row, and Europe is reporting bottom-of-the-chart data on fertility rates, those who are worried about how we affect the planet aren't jumping for joy.

"There will soon be seven billion people on the planet. By 2045 global population is projected to reach nine billion. Can the planet take the strain?"

This fall, according to experts, our global population will hit 7 billion people. Okay let that sink in. 7 billion people. Mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, your butcher down the street. 7 billion souls on Mother Earth. It was only 24 years ago folks were worried about hitting the 5 billion mark.

National Geographic has put together a phenomenal article which allows you to digest world population studies. Back in the 17th Century it was thought that the earth could only handle 13.385 billion. Well, we're not all that far off. Your kid's offspring could be living on a planet full of 9 billion people. For most this brings in the fears of crowded living conditions, and population density. It's also predicted that there will be an explosion of the world's middle class.

From the National Geographic article: "There are now 21 cities with populations larger than ten million, and by 2050 there will be many more. Delhi adds hundreds of thousands of migrants each year, and those people arrive to find that “no plans have been made for water, sewage, or habitation,” says Shailaja Chandra. Dhaka in Bangladesh and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are 40 times larger today than they were in 1950. Their slums are filled with desperately poor people who have fled worse poverty in the countryside."

While I might have only one offspring, there are those folks out there that practice "Zero Population Growth" by not having kids. What can we do to help ease the earth's pain and stop her from groaning? Will our kids have a solution for the future? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Source: "Special Series: Population 7 billion," National Geographic.com

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