As the world looks to October 31st to welcome the 7 billionth person to be born, the UN is already projecting that the population will reach 8 billion by 2025 and 10 billion by 2083. Factors that contribute to the growth rate include the fact that humans are living longer and death rates are decreasing. In many ways, this progress can be seen as progress for humanity.
However, the one variable that will have the biggest impact on how generations will continue to live on Earth is the rate of fertility in the developing world. Where there is a concern for the sustainable future is when a nation’s population growth is outpacing its economic growth.
“Governments that are serious about eradicating poverty should be serious about providing the service, supplies, and information that women, men and young people need to exercise their reproductive rights,” states the UNFPA.
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