Committed photographer Mark Tuschman highlights the 7 Billion Actions initiative on his blog. He is the author of some of the remarkable photos used on this campaign to illustrate the unique stories behind 7 billion people.
In this inspiring video, Hans Rosling, co-founder of the Gapminder Foundation and an expert on population issues, explains how the world’s population will grow to 9 billion over the next 50 years using, as usual, colorful and eye-catching data display.
As a part of the global 7 billion campaign, young people living in India will gather to think provocatively and positively about the opportunities and challenges in a world of 7 billion. The hub of action will be hundreds of CCD (Cafe Coffee Day) outlets and other hotspots in Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Pune. This will dovetail into an online Facebook campaign featuring specially—designed apps and a lot more.
Challenges, Opportunities and Action in a World of 7 Billion
UNITED NATIONS, New York, 8 July 2011 — As the world population approaches 7 billion, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, launches a global initiative on Monday to highlight the challenges, opportunities and actions that will shape our common future.
The 7 Billion Actions campaign will promote dialogue on what it means to live in a world with so many people and encourage action on issues that affect us all. UNFPA offices and their partners throughout the world will organize a variety of related activities.
Largest Population of Young People Serving as Agents of Change
More than a quarter of the world’s population is made up of young people (ages 10-24). Of this number, which is estimated at 1.8 billion (young people), 90 percent live in developing nations. Executive Director of the UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin points out a little known fact: the importance of this group of youth because, “as parents of the next generation, their choices will help determine future population trends.”