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World Population Day Concept & History

10 July, 2021 Piyush

"The negative impact of population growth on all of our planetary ecosystems is becoming appallingly evident.- David Rockefeller"

Circa late 2019, life here, on Earth went on smooth with everybody fighting with their own daily issues in life. Of all that was of concern, were the economy, the finances, global warming, and the likes. None of us stood aware of the surprise awaiting us at the fag end of 2019. A disaster, curated so precisely, that it has tested the global medical fraternity and sciences to limits. For mankind, it has been like a child. A child in the womb. Every breath is a struggle, meals are a struggle, movement is a struggle. The entire existence has become a struggle for humanity, but unlike for the child, who has to bear for 9 months, we stand unaware as to how long the struggle is. The only thing guaranteed is that this period too shall pass, and the child will take birth, definitely. The calamity has put both the physical and mental limits of humanity to stretches, which might break even at any time. It is the hands of fellow people, with whom we stand sharing the planet, our mates in the crisis, to suffice for the adhesive for the bond we form. Changes are a must in life, but it is the intensity and the time period within which the change occurs, which is fearsome.

And in the case of CoVid-19 too, the time frame given to mankind to accept this dreadful change was nothing but a wee bit. Within a fortnight, the priorities changed. From economy to daily finances. From lifestyle to life, from vacations to migrations, from bulls to bears. All of it took less than a blink of an eye to change. Livelihoods lost, lives lost. The virus made the world realize the real essentials for life. Oxygen won against money. Love won against success. Prayers won against arrogance, and, Gratefulness won against the ego.

All of these points to a common thread sticking out in the air, which is the massive population of the Earth. Talking of some figure, they are quite humongous!

  • The current population of the world: 7.8 Billion
  • Most populous country: China (1.44 Billion)
  • Second most populous country: India (1.38 Billion)
  • Year when the population is projected to be 10 Billion: 2057 From the above stats, it is quite staggering to know that about 30% of the world’s total population comes from 2 countries, China and India only. To give some part of our thought to such ever-increasing population numbers, 11 July is marked as the World Population Day every year.

The concept of World Population Day was initiated in 1989 by the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP). A matter of fact is, July 11, 1987, was observed as ‘Five Billion Day’ as the global population numbers supposedly crossed the 5 billion mark on this day. This day was then decided to be marked as the world population day, and two years later, on July 11, 1989, it was officially added to the UN charter and celebrated as World Population Day thereafter.

The purpose of establishing World Population Day was to highlight the growing problems of the increasing population. Some of the most highlighted issues coming with increasing population are:

  • Decreasing awareness about the effects of overpopulation.
  • Increase in health problem vulnerability in women and children due to higher rate of childbirth.
  • The increasing disparity among the 2 genders.
  • Increasing conflict of interest as far as human rights are concerned.

In a society too, the increasing population has been causing an adverse effect. What we mean is the number of heinous crimes is taking place more than ever in the areas of gender inequality and human rights, especially in poor countries and developing countries. The governments have been seen failing in taking adequate care of their citizens amidst this increasing crowd of humans on the Earth.

To mark all of these serious implications of the ever-increasing population on society, it has become a necessity for every country to observe World Population Day with seriousness and spread a word of caution amongst the citizens about the ill effects of a population explosion.