World Population Day

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2023 Date11 July 2023
2024 Date11 July 2024
World Population Day

World Population Day History

World Population Day seeks to draw attention to issues related to a growing global population. According to the United States Census Bureau, the world's population as of June 2019 was over 7.5 billion people. The world's population is increasing with birth rates and life expectancy on the rise. Over the last century, between 1916 and 2012, global life expectancy more than doubled from 34 to 70 years. The world population quintupled from 1.5 billion to 7.3 billion between 1900 and 2016.

The United Nations established World Population Day in 1989 to garner attention for population issues and crises. With an ever-growing world population, World Population Day serves to highlight the challenges and opportunities of this growth and its impact on planet sustainability, heavy urbanization, availability of health care, and youth empowerment. This day is observed annually on July 11th.

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World Population Day Facts & Quotes

  • The theme for World Population Day in 2021 was Rights and choices are the answer: Whether baby boom or bust, the solution to shifting fertility rates lies in prioritizing the reproductive health and rights of all people.
  • China and India are by far the most populous countries on the globe. With 1.4 and 1.3 billion inhabitants, respectively, both countries are home to about 37% of the world's people.
  • The annual growth rate of the world's population peaked at 2.1% in 1962 and since been decreasing. It is estimated that by the year 2100, the population will slow to 0.06% annual growth.
  • According to the United Nations, India is expected to surpass China and become the world's most populated country by 2024. Its population is projected to reach 1.5 billion in 2030.
  • We are in a bottle of overpopulation and wasteful consumption that could push half of Earth's species to extinction in this century - E.O. Wilson, naturalist and biologist

World Population Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Reduce your carbon footprint to slow global warming and pollution. Walk instead of driving, use energy saving light bulbs, carpool with others, turn down the AC/heat when you are not home, and reuse and recycle paper, bottles, and plastics.
  • Take a shorter shower, turn off the water while brushing your teeth and avoid waste. As the population increases, clean safe water will become even more of a commodity.
  • Watch a documentary about population. Some of our favorites, Don't Panic: The Truth About Population, Overpopulated and How Many People Can Live On The Planet.
  • Support an organization or charity that works on reproductive health education. Reproductive health education can help slow the AIDS epidemic, support pregnant women worldwide and provide contraceptive methods and education to those who need it most. Some organizations to consider include, the UN World Population Fund, International Planned Parenthood Federation and the World Population Foundation.

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