On July 11, 2022, the United Nations reported that the global population is predicted to reach 8 billion on November 15, 2022. As the UN Secretary-General António Guterres mentioned, “this is an occasion to celebrate our diversity, recognize our common humanity, and marvel at advancements in health that have extended lifespans and dramatically reduced maternal and child mortality rates”. The population is expected to peak at 10.4 billion by the year 2080 and stay there for the following decade. With urbanization on the rise in many developing countries, the growth rate of the world population has been significantly higher now than before humanity hit the 1 billion mark. While this milestone is a cause for celebration of humanity’s progress, it also raises questions about sustainability. In a planet struggling with climate change, overpopulation in certain regions, and pollution, 8 billion serves as a wake up call to be aware of humanity’s negative impact on our world as well.
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