WORLD POPULATION DAY

 

The most treasured resource in the world today is afraid of its own expansion. Reasons to this could be many but right now, I will try to sketch an outline of the contemporary situation prevailing in the world. It is not hidden from the world that the developed countries are moving towards some protectionist policy. The United States and the United Kingdom are the best among the examples to be cited to clear this “reservation”. In the US, where voters went with the slogan of “Make America great again” which led to Donald Trump’s triumph, while in the U.K,  voters held the slogan “Let’s take back control” which led to the famous Brexit, which gave Britain it’s autonomy. 

Fig: In the UK, the voters were swayed by these sigils, at the time of Brexit, last year. 

We are living in the world, where things are changing very rapidly. The future belongs to the robots, androids, Sexbots etc. In this world, even automation can lead to loss in millions of jobs, let’s for example a concurrent situation of India to clear this picture of haze, where 6 lakh I.T engineers are scared to get fired in next 3 years.

This is just not an issue of India in particular but It’s an issue of human race in general. Terrorism, poverty, gender inequality, corruption are some of the array of the issues which the world is facing.

Talking particularly about corruption, it has affected the judiciary and Police, bribery, theft and tax evasion. The corruption cost some US $1.26 trillion for developing countries per year; this amount of money could be used to lift those who are living on less than $1.25 a day. The rate of children leaving primary school in conflict affected countries reached 50 per cent in 2011, which accounts to 28.5 million children, showing the impact on creating unstable societies.

Poverty has been playing an important role in widening disparity between human beings.

Around 836 million people still live in extreme poverty. About one in five persons in developing regions lives on less than $1.25 per day. The overwhelming majority of people living on less than $1.25 a day belong to two regions: Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. High poverty rates are often found in small, fragile and conflict-affected countries. One in four children under age five in the world has inadequate height for his or her age. Everyday in 2014, 42,000 people had to abandon their homes to seek protection due to conflict.

Now let’s talk of the overall population. The human population, as per the statistics given by World Bank Data, grew from 1.5 billion to 6.5 billion in the twentieth century, which means the population was increased immensely, even more than three times.

Fig: Population expansion since 1800.

Every year, the world’s population is expanding by 83 million people. Right now, there are around 7.6 billion people in the world. By 2050, there will be just short of 10 billion. But population trends are wildly uneven – some countries are rapidly expanding, others are shrinking.

Every scenario casts its own challenges. Countries whose populations are declining have to think about strategies to manage youths in the various sectors of the country so that they maintain the optimum balance everywhere even in the limited population that they have. And the countries with a booming young population have to grapple with how to feed them and provide education and healthcare.

Here are some key facts about the world’s population, taken from the latest UN World Population Prospects. By 2024, India will overtake China as the world’s most populous country. 

Fig: Projected Population of India and China. 

China currently has 1.4 billion inhabitants, closely followed by India with 1.3 billion. Together they make up 37% of the world’s population. Nigeria has the world’s fastest growing population. Nigeria is currently 7th on the list of most populous countries, but before 2050 it will move to the third place, overtaking the US.

Fig: Population Growth and Decline in Nigeria, Pakistan and Ukraine.

Well coordinated efforts have yielded some favorable results. Since the 1960s, the global birth rate has fallen to an average of 2.5 births per woman. However, that average is made up of highly diverse figures: in Africa its 4.7 births per woman, in Europe it’s 1.6 births per woman. 

Overall, life expectancy is increasing. On a global level, life expectancy at birth rose by almost 4 years, or from 67 to 71 years, between 2000 and 2015.

These statistics can be helpful in drawing some open facts. One of them certainly is that Asia is highly populated region of the world, and certainly needs more control in overall population. So there needs to be planning and commitment from the Asian countries, especially China and India, these two countries are the backbone of Asian countries, but can also pave their way as the most developed countries in the upcoming decades. 

Fig: The world population density map as on 2011.

On 11th of July, 2017, which is officially deemed as World Population Day by the United Nations, we should vow to keep the optimum population in proportion to the resources that exist. Efforts and cooperation are required by every surviving member of our race. It is our duty to give adequate resources to our next generations. The concept of sustainable development needs to be undertaken with full force and dedication.

We are upbringing managers. Most of the youngsters are interested in taking management as a career. The scope of management is wide and never ending. These managers need to lay down plans how we can avail sustainable development keeping the population below the brim. Everyone needs to step in, I repeat “everyone” because we desire a bigger change. A change keeping in mind the future of our daughters/sons, granddaughters and grandsons. We certainly cannot let ourselves down. 


 You can also read my previous post, “Why Not A Politician?”, and lend me your feedbacks in the comments section.

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  1. The facts are clearly mentioned and elaborated upon. There are varied causes behind the ever increasing population, we have forgotten that we do not live to earn money but to be happy in present and do something that could be a legacy for the coming generations to follow and get benefitted with, and give them knowledge and power to expand these legacies. But no! We only need money, to eat tasty but unhealthy food, expensive but temporary sustaining clothes, big and lavish but more than sufficient homes, luxurious but fuel consuming and pollution-contributing cars, useful but unnecessarily addictive cell phones. Wow! As an individual we should have our own conviction rather than following the crowd who lines up whole night to buy a new cellphone or being a hippopotamus who can eat all the meat of the planet earth. It has been said that you live once, so live every moment which is now being interpreted as ‘bro! You only live once, do whatever you want to, who cares!’
    What is going to happen in this century only time can tell, till then all the responsible citizens of the earth keep watching comedy shows on television after your so productive and tiring day.

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    • Shubham Abhijit July 11, 2017 — 4:38 pm

      Very diligently written.The issues u raised needs to be taken into consideration by the whole world especially to those countries whose population is increasing at its rapid rate.If due cognizance is not giving then the whole human race along with other species has to struggle to live properly in dwindling resources of the world.

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      • SATYAM CHAUDHARY July 11, 2017 — 7:13 pm

        Ingeniously written article utkarsh(yudi) but you should’ve also mentioned abt the hypocrisy of turds like budhao(abhijit) who speak abt this grave situation but themselves using second hand contraceptives just to save some pennies¡

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    • Leave aside cricket, I am now fan of your writing skills. The way you’ve researched on each and every point and put them in application here, shows that you are an excellent statistician, an inquisitive researcher and guess what no one can stop you from becoming a phenomenal blogger. “The Dabbler” is a hit for sure. Make Loyola proud. Loyolites rock.

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  2. Congratulations Utkarsh for raising this issue in the sensible way… You have written well… You gave facts in elaborated manner in support of your arguments which was a good thing to do… Overpopulation is an issue which we can’t neglect… we have to work together in the right way to solve this problem or else we will always regret… Well done… Keep it up Utkarsh…

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  3. I am glad to read this article.. as it seems to be very productive. Thank u Utkarsh ashutosh for publishing this article.

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  4. If I may get up on my own soap box for a moment, this is one of the reasons I believe space exploration is so important. We have to take responsibility for ourselves and our own planet, to be sure. I would not argue against that. But the Solar System can provide us with the room and resources to keep growing without totally exhausting the Earth.

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  5. I would like to congratulate my friend, Utkarsh Ashutosh. Really sublime article. I felt the facts and detailing have been done in an exceptional manner. Overpopulation certainly is one of the major threats to humanity itself. Really nice that you raised this issue supported by such a masterpiece blend of facts, figures and your writing skill. Extraordinary!

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  6. Utkarsh ashutosh, I love this article especially the Headline of this column. This may be the best platform to raise a voice. In a developing country like India, the fruit of rapid economic growth will have little impact on society if population growth is not controlled. Much of the gains of economic growth is neutralised by rapid increase in numbers. Overpopulation has affected the Indian economy growth in many ways like shortage of food grains, unproductive consumers, problem of unemployment, ecological degradation etc. All these major issues are very well covered by the writer.

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  7. Diptiman Gautam July 13, 2017 — 4:15 pm

    Much respect for the research. Also the problem of population expansion needs to be addressed soon as all other resource problems are directly linked to it. Supply and demand.
    I hope to read more inquisitive stuff from this guy.

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  8. Mohammad Takbir UL Hasan July 13, 2017 — 7:13 pm

    Impressive and strong topic to come up with in the right moment where population is brimming on the edges…births are now being defined as the new source of income in poor countries…
    Livelihood is now seen as a profit and lose situation…everyone should get concerned about their population before clock strikes the alert bell…

    Keep up the good work UTKARSH ASHUTOSH …come up wid its resolutions n new ideas …

    Keep up the good work…

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  9. This is more admirable. Very well crafted, a bit longish, but hats off to you, Utkarsh Ashutosh. As I was expecting you to come up with more facts and figures, when I read the title, and you did exactly. The detailing was awesome, and we all need to come up and fight. As said in this article, we cannot do injustice with our succeeding generation, we need to leave fair amount of resources.

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