World Population Day

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Population Explosion

The Earth's population reached five billion people on July 11, 1987.  The United Nations established World Population Day on July 11, 1989 to raise awareness about problems related to our growing population, human rights issues, fertility, family planning, gender equality, and poverty.

World Population Facts

  • 143,341,000 babies are born world-wide each year.  129,547,000 of those babies are born in less-developed countries.
  • More than 7 billion people are walking the earth today (7,234,184,000 plus to be more specific).

Life Expectancies Are Increasing

  • In 2013, 60 year olds could expect to live another 20 years, which is an average increased life expectancy of 2 years from the hexagenarians of 1990.
  • By 2030, the world average life expectancy of women will be 85 years, while the world-average life expectancy of men will be 78 years.

Global Impact

More people on the planet equals a larger global impact!

Hunger - Not a Game

  • One out of every 7 people go to bed hungry each night.
  • Twenty-five thousand people die of malnutrition and hunger-related diseae every day.

Water Shortages - Not a Drop to Drink

  • One billion people lack access to life-sustaining fresh water to drink, grow food, and provide sanitation.

Reduction in Farmland

  • In the last 50 years, the world's farmable land has decreased by an amount that is 2/3 the size of North America.

Urban Sprawl

  • By 2030, more than 60% of the World's population will live in urbanized areas - swallowing up 6 million square kilometres of land.


  • Nearly 1/2 of the world's forests have been lost.
  • 30% of the world's original forests have been converted to agriculture. 

One Fish, Two Fish, No Fish

  • Fishing fleets are currently 40% larger than the ocean can sustain.
  • 20% of the world's freshwater fish are extinct, threatened, or endangered.

Can We Do It?

At the current rate of growth, the Earth must be able to sustain one billion more people every 13 years. Can we do it?

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