World Population Day: "Everyone Counts"

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
July 12, 2010
Commuters Walk Towards Train Station in Mumbai

World Population Day was instituted in 1989 as an outgrowth of the Day of Five Billion, marked on July 11, 1987. In conjuncture with this year's theme, "Everyone Counts," USAID's IMPACTblog describes the important role data plays in helping governments and stakeholders collaborate to identify population issues and develop appropriate policy responses. USAID sponsors the collection, analysis, and dissemination of quality data, which helps advance voluntary family planning around the world. Watch a video and learn more here.



New Mexico, USA
July 12, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

If the international community can substitute family planning in place of warfare, genocide, and environmental destruction as a method of population control, we'll indeed be a lot better off.

It's good to see folks taking a look at this issue in a wholistic manner.

News Item:

The UK's Royal Society is launching a major study into human population growth and how it may affect social and economic development in coming decades.

The world's population has risen from two billion in 1930 to 6.8 billion now, with nine billion projected by 2050.

The society acknowledges it is delving into a hugely controversial area, but says a comprehensive and scientific review of the evidence is needed.

It is led by Nobel laureate Sir John Sulston of Human Genome Project fame.

"It is likely to have a greater impact on the future of humanity than some of the other issues we talk a lot about."
Jonathon Porritt, Forum for the Future

Earth is too crowded for Utopia

"This is a topic that has gone to and fro in the last few decades, and appears to be moving back up the political agenda now," he told BBC News.

"So it seems a good moment for the Royal Society to launch a study that looks objectively at the scientific basis for changes in population, for the different regional and cultural factors that may affect that, and at the effects that population changes will have on our future in term of sustainable development."

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emma f.
New Zealand
July 17, 2010

Emma F. in New Zealand writes:

In NZ we are lucky to have a small population around 4.3 million, this reduces tensions. Look at the UK, same size as NZ but with a population of over 60 million. Too many people, not enough space.


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