World Population hits 8 billion, creating many challenges

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The world’s population will likely hit an estimated 8 billion people on Tuesday, according to a United Nations projection, with much of the growth coming from developing nations in Africa.

Among them is Nigeria, where resources are already stretched to the limit. More than 15 million people in Lagos compete for everything from electricity to light their homes to spots on crowded buses, often for two-hour commutes each way in this sprawling megacity. Some Nigerian children set off for school as early as 5 a.m.

And over the next three decades, the West African nation’s population is expected to soar even more: from 216 million this year to 375 million, the U.N. says. That will make Nigeria the fourth-most populous country in the world after India, China and the United States.

“We are already overstretching what we have — the housing, roads, the hospitals, schools. Everything is overstretched,” said Gyang Dalyop, an urban planning and development consultant in Nigeria.

The U.N.’s Day of 8 Billion milestone Tuesday is more symbolic than precise, officials are careful to note in a wide-ranging report released over the summer that makes some staggering projections.

The upward trend threatens to leave even more people in developing countries further behind, as governments struggle to provide enough classrooms and jobs for a rapidly growing number of youth, and food insecurity becomes an even more urgent problem.

Nigeria is among eight countries the U.N says will account for more than half the world’s population growth between now and 2050 — along with fellow African nations Congo, Ethiopia and Tanzania.

“The population in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa is projected to double between 2022 and 2050, putting additional pressure on already strained resources and challenging policies aimed to reduce poverty and inequalities,” the U.N. report said.

It projected the world’s population will reach around 8.5 billion in 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050 and 10.4 billion in 2100.

Other countries rounding out the list with the fastest growing populations are Egypt, Pakistan, the Philippines and India, which is set to overtake China as the world’s most populous nation next year.

In Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, where more than 12 million people live, many families struggle to find affordable housing and pay school fees. While elementary pupils attend for free, older children’s chances depend on their parents’ incomes.

“My children took turns” going to school, said Luc Kyungu, a Kinshasa truck driver who has six children. “Two studied while others waited because of money. If I didn’t have so many children, they would have finished their studies on time.”

Rapid population growth also means more people vying for scarce water resources and leaves more families facing hunger as climate change increasingly impacts crop production in many parts of the world.

“There is also a greater pressure on the environment, increasing the challenges to food security that is also compounded by climate change,” said Dr. Srinath Reddy, president of the Public Health Foundation of India. “Reducing inequality while focusing on adapting and mitigating climate change should be where our policy makers’ focus should be.”

Still, experts say the bigger threat to the environment is consumption, which is highest in developed countries not undergoing big population increases.

“Global evidence shows that a small portion of the world’s people use most of the Earth’s resources and produce most of its greenhouse gas emissions,” said Poonam Muttreja, executive director of the Population Foundation of India. “Over the past 25 years, the richest 10% of the global population has been responsible for more than half of all carbon emissions.”

According to the U.N., the population in sub-Saharan Africa is growing at 2.5% per year — more than three times the global average. Some of that can be attributed to people living longer, but family size remains the driving factor. Women in sub-Saharan Africa on average have 4.6 births, twice the current global average of 2.3.

Families become larger when women start having children early, and 4 out of 10 girls in Africa marry before they turn 18, according to U.N. figures. The rate of teen pregnancy on the continent is the highest in the world — about half of the children born last year to mothers under 20 worldwide were in sub-Saharan Africa.

Still, any effort to reduce family size now would come too late to significantly slow the 2050 growth projections, the U.N. said. About two-thirds of it “will be driven by the momentum of past growth.”

“Such growth would occur even if childbearing in today’s high-fertility countries were to fall immediately to around two births per woman,” the report found.

There are also important cultural reasons for large families. In sub-Saharan Africa, children are seen as a blessing and as a source of support for their elders — the more sons and daughters, the greater comfort in retirement.

Still, some large families “may not have what it takes to actually feed them,” says Eunice Azimi, an insurance broker in Lagos and mother of three.

“In Nigeria, we believe that it is God that gives children,” she said. “They see it as the more children you have, the more benefits. And you are actually overtaking your peers who cannot have as many children. It looks like a competition in villages.”

Politics also have played a role in Tanzania, where former President John Magufuli, who ruled the East African country from 2015 until his death in 2021, discouraged birth control, saying that a large population was good for the economy.

He opposed family planning programs promoted by outside groups, and in a 2019 speech urged women not to “block ovaries.” He even described users of contraceptives as “lazy” in a country he said was awash with cheap food. Under Magufuli, pregnant schoolgirls were even banned from returning to classrooms.

But his successor, Samia Suluhu Hassan, appeared to reverse government policy in comments last month when she said birth control was necessary in order not to overwhelm the country’s public infrastructure.

Even as populations soar in some countries, the U.N. says rates are expected to drop by 1% or more in 61 nations.

The U.S. population is now around 333 million, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. The population growth rate in 2021 was just 0.1%, the lowest since the country was founded.

“Going forward, we’re going to have slower growth — the question is, how slow?” said William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution. “The real wild card for the U.S. and many other developed countries is immigration.”

Charles Kenny, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington, says environmental concerns surrounding the 8 billion mark should focus on consumption, particularly in developed countries.

“Population is not the problem, the way we consume is the problem — let’s change our consumption patterns,” he said.

SOURCE: The Associated Press

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9 COMMENTS

  1. We ofto brace for some deadly virus ahead to cut down the population omg I know for sure those crazy people don’t like these numbers

  2. Something is terribly wrong when the African country in Africa is encountering great difficulties in taking care of its people. Apparently immense wealth and devastating poverty exist side by side. Unless something is done about that type of inequity throughout the planet mankind really has a serious problem on terms of survivability. Yes the 8 billionth human has arrived and it’s a black human. It is now our collective responsibility to make this planet more livable so that this human can survive and thrive.

  3. Harold used to cuss out Lamin and Driftwood telling them to be aware of serpent and they must keep off the radio and stop be backup singers for serpent.
    He used to say serpent don’t love nobody.
    He wrongly believed that these guys use to carry the party business to observer
    Harold dont like or trust serpent up to this day!

  4. More toxic vaccines and de-population drugs will soon to re-enter globally (if they haven’t already) by the pharmaceuticals, the elitist think tanks with vested interest; do not forget the LOCKSTEP politicians who can make this happen; and the super rich, headed by the Gates Foundation and World Economic Forum (WEF).

    These supercilious and duplicitous criminals will ensure that the world’s population WILL return to 1804 or 1927 figures.

    SEEMS LIKE MORE TROUBLING TIMES AHEAD …

    • … brace yourself folks, looks like 2023 will be another year for the survival of the fittest.

      Look out for your immediate family, friends and loved ones!

      Remember, STAY STRONG, be very wary of the main stream media (again!), query everything, ask questions and continue being a CRITICAL THINKER, and everything will turn out just fine.

      IF YOU SHOW ANY FEAR – THE POWERS THAT BE WILL TAKE YOU DOWN; TAKE AWAY YOUR BUSINESS/LIVELIHOOD; AND TAKE AWAY ALL OF YOUR POSSESSIONS …

      Remember what the leader of the World Economic Forum (WEF) said in recent times:

      “You will own nothing, but you’ll be happy …”

      JOKER!!! 🃏

  5. So they spend years making it difficult for people to provide for themselves, making them dependent on gobblement then complain that they have problems feeding people? Look what they’re doing in the Netherlands, blaming farmers for “climate change” then putting them out of business. In the US, the IRS is harassing small farmers and old friend Kill Gates is building massive farms.

    Give me a break with the “overpopulation”. Every human being alive standing shoulder to shoulder can fit in the state of Florida…twice. The main persons complaining are the ones who have trouble finding space to park their yachts and private jets. This is how it goes these days, make up a problem then kill a whole set of people while solving it. Well it looks like this time the people ARE the problem. What solution will they come with this time?

  6. Organized chaos remains the name of the game until their objects are achieved. They will not stop unless they are rendered incapacitated. All around the globe there has been a marked increase in suicides, sudden deaths and other deaths due to some disease or accident. Even if the global population reaches 8 billion, there is enough land mass and resources to feed every natural man, woman and child. The real issue here is an orchestrated one. As the population grows the middle class begins to climb the social ladder and is quickly catching up to the elites who are beginning to shit their pants. They have enjoyed generational wealth spanning hundreds if not thousands of years. They do not wish to see real progress on mother earth. Their only wish is to control every aspect of our lives having us pay to live when life itself is a free gift from Source.

    • This has been always their master plan from the get go! However, the world has woken up and seen through this despicable and evil ruse.

      Well said @ Alkebulan, and so on point.

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