World population reaches 7 billion

By Nicole Lafond

Think housing is crowded on Olivet’s campus? Globally, the world has become even more crowded after the earth’s population hit 7 billion.

Demographers can never be entirely sure when the world population actually reaches 7 billion people, but Monday, Oct. 31, symbolically marked the time at which the earth reached this new population. The current population of the world is still an estimate.

The United Nations Population Division explain the population of the earth has been increasing quickly since the start of the common era (0 AD). The world population hit 1 billion in 1802, 4 billion in 1974 and 6 billion in 1998.

Festivities are being held around the world, with a series of symbolic recognitions of the 7 billionth baby being born.

Danica May Camacho, from the city of Manila in the Philippines, has been credited as the 7 billionth member of the world’s current population. U.N. officials met with Danica’s parents after her birth to recognize her status. Officials gave her parents a small cake as well as a gift certificate for shoes.

The observation of Danica is merely symbolic because it would be impossible to pinpoint the arrival of the 7 billionth member of the world.

Although this recognition is an important marker in the history of the world, many experts believe the population hitting 7 billion is not necessarily something to celebrate.

“We should really focus on the question of whether there will be food, clean water, shelter, education and a decent life for every child,” said Dr. Eric Tayag of the Philippines’ Department of Health. “If the answer is ‘no,’ it would be better for people to look at easing this population explosion.”

By 2025, the U.N. estimates the earth will reach 8 billion, but numbers could vary depending on factors such as life expectancy rates and available birth control.

– CNN and AP Wire

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