In 1987, the world population reached five billion on this day i.e., 11th July and since then it is celebrated as World Population Day. It was started as a day to recognize the increasing population on the planet and how it affects the world’s resources. Today, the world population is almost 8 billion people and the effects of having a huge population are becoming very obvious. The natural resources are being used more effectively and with an increased pace. Increased population might sound like a prize or an achievement but it is not. Most of the world’s resources are being used by to fulfill people’s needs and this puts a huge pressure on the economies around the world.
“The world’s population is growing by 1.10 percent per year, or approximately an additional 83 million people annually.”
The increased population is a very disruptive anomaly for food supply chains and natural gas supply and its demand around the world. But still, each human being matters. In an ideal world, this might mean eight billion opportunities but since we’re living on earth, a not so perfect planet. Even survival gets tough sometimes, the poorest people of the poorest nations seldom get a meal three times a day. This raises several questions like do we need a global population control law or how we should utilize the resources of the world more effectively so that no human being on earth sleeps hungry.
There are many communities, relief programs and other social well-being initiatives going around the world that are helping millions. These programs are meant to help the poor people who cannot even afford a meal a day. Initiatives like these must be hugely appreciated and promoted. We all should be inspired because of such programs and we ourselves should strive to provide more to the society and community as a whole or at least if you’re someone who comes from a privileged background, you should help in feeding people like these. Increasing intolerance, greed and ignorance towards the wellbeing of the society has only led us to chaos. But you as people of this planet with all the good that’s in the world can change, not the world but at least yourself from the inside and that’s not enough but its at least the beginning of something great.
“50.4 percent of the world’s population is male and 49.6 percent is female.”
On this day of World Population Day, let us pledge on making the world a better place and changing ourselves from the inside by working for the community because Mahatma Gandhi once rightly said that, “The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.”