01 January 2012

7 billion people and the 7 things you didn’t know

If lately you think that the shopping center, bus or train is getting crowded, please don't blame SMRT...
we are reaching a new milestone ... 7 Billion .... I repeat again 7 Billion people on earth ... what a number for a world's population.

Here are seven things to know about the milestone:
  1. It took humans until 1800 for the world’s population to reach 1 billion. Now it only takes about 13 years to add another billion people — and every year, even though fertility is declining, our population increases by about 80 million people.
  2. 215 million women would like to avoid or delay childbearing, but have no access to contraceptives. A thousand women die giving birth every day.
  3. Worldwide, women are having about half as many children as they did 50 years ago. Since 1950, the average size of a family declined from 6.0 to 2.5 people.
  4. In 1950, 1 in 5 children died before the age of 5. Today, 93 percent survive.
  5. By 2025, India is expected to have more people than China. About 3 billion people alone live in the emerging economies of China, India, Brazil and Indonesia.
  6. Young people make up 43 percent of the world’s population; in the least developed countries, they represent 60 percent of the population.
  7. The rate of growth of people age 60 or older is growing at twice the rate of the rest of the world’s population. By 2040, nearly 1 in 4 people will be over age 60.
This is a cool data dashboard, you can see the prediction by population, deaths, births, young, children with this tools, click here to view it

Challenges will come .. maybe not now but in few years time. The UN called a movement called 7 Billion Actions Campaign, A Global Movement for all Humanity. 

"The world’s population will top seven billion people in October 2011. This unique moment in human history represents both an achievement and a challenge, and will have an impact on every single person on the planet. A world of seven billion has implications for sustainability, urbanization, access to health services and youth empowerment – however, it also offers a rare call-to-action opportunity to renew global commitment for a healthy and sustainable world."  

“Population is about people. It is about embracing the dignity and human rights of every individual. 
We need to create conditions for each one of us to live on a healthy planet, so we can all reach our full potential. In a world of 7 billion people, we need to count on each other.”
— Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Executive Director

“Small actions taken by each of us, multiplied across communities, can create a better world.”
— United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon




Join the movement to make a healthier and better world 7billionactions 

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