Truths about Population
Listening to the main-stream media it is easy to panic thinking about overpopulation. The number of human inhabitants on this planet has been increasing rapidly since the 1800, where we reached 1 billion. Will there be enough room for all of us? Will there be enough food? When will the increase finally stop?
there is no reason to panic
Though we are still increasing in numbers the years between each billion already had a turning point in the late 1980’s as shown below.
It takes us longer and longer to increase a billion.
Further-more the numbers of babies per woman is decreasing all over the world already. Since 1965 where we got better healthcare and more education the average number of babies per woman has fallen drastically from 5,5 babies to only 2,5 babies worldwide.
A lot of western Europeans seem to believe that in Africa an Asia women still have 6 children each. But as the information and education level is rising, we see a major change everywhere. Since the healthcare is improving the mortality is decreasing, and parents no longer need to have a lot of children to make sure they have someone to support them, when they grow old.
In Bangladesh they have reduced their fertility rate from 6,0 to 2,1 in less than 60 years. That is a big achievement in such a short period of time.
Some would point out, that the numbers are still rising. How is that possible? Well, we live longer now. And our numbers will keep rising, until we reach about 11 billion people. By then the curve will have flattened a lot. Maybe by 2100 we will be close to 12 billion. But if the birth rate keeps decreasing, we might have even fewer people populating our planet by then.
Some are worried that we don’t have room on the planet. But if you had each person in the whole world standing in a square meter, they could stand in a very small corner of even a small country. We are not overpopulated at all. All 7 billion could stand in that little red square.
Of course, we can’t stay in a square meter all our lives, but it seems the world is big enough to find a home as well.
Then there is the food. Some are worried that the world can not produce enough food. But if you have a look at the numbers of obese people and the enormous amounts of food wasted, we might be able to find better solutions in the existing amounts of food available. The 2019 numbers of obese people in the world is out, and it may come to a surprise to many western Europeans that United States are not even in top ten. After passing countries like Samoa, Kuwait and Egypt we find the United States of America on a 16th place.
We owe it to the world to take our own private measures to save food and water, and to make our human footprint on the world a lot more sustainable. There will be room for the next generation even though we live longer.
We just have to get better at sharing.
January team now in zambia
January team is coming back to Denmark from Zambian in October. We are looking forward to hearing their interesting stories and experiences.
started project in Zambia in august
May team have just gone to work in DAPP Zambia. They will have an interesting 6 months there.
Our partner DAPP Zambia is giving knowledge, skills, and tools to improve peoples living conditions. Family planning is part of DAPPs projects.
You are welcome to download infographics as a PDF file that explains a very simple way what was going on with population growth.
TEAM JANUARY GOING TO ZAMBIA
Long term volunteer programs consist of 3 periods
3 months in the Learning Center in Denmark preparing yourself for project time. Knowing more about issues of the world, learning about cultural differences and a lot more. Helping to run the school.
6 months in the projects in Zambia working in various fields like Child Aid, Agriculture, Education, Community Development.
3 months back in Denmark in the learning center to conclude and reflect on your program time. You will share your experience with the world by making presentations and written materials of your time here.
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