Seven Billion, and counting…
I remember back when I was in first grade, a kid in catholic school, in a school uniform. Blue shirt, navy pants and tie… cute huh? I remembered that a priest came into my class to speak about world population. He asked us to guess how many people there on on Earth. We threw out random numbers. “100?” “One million gajillion?” “10?”. “Close” he replied. “The answer is six billiont.” He spoke funny when he said “billion”. He added the “t” at the end. “There are six billion people on Earth, and there’s gonna be more.”
Just two months ago, the world population was 6.9 billion, plus or minus .1 million. And just a few days ago, the world population has hit Seven Billion. It’s quite scary to think that the world population grew by one billion in ten years. Just imagine how bad it’s going to be when we’re in our 50s. Better horde the Soylent Green.
Many scientists believe that many of the world problem that we face today, depleting resources, famine, war, disease, rising cost of living, global warming (if you believe it’s real), pollution, can all be mitigated when the world population is under control.
My questions for the readers are:
1) What do you think about the fact that the Earth is now home to seven billion human beings?
2) Can the world population be controlled through humane methods? Or must we sacrifice our civil and individual liberties?
Feel free to share your other thoughts.