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There are now over 7 billion people in the world. Human population continues to climb by more than 1 ½ million people a week or over 200,000 more people – the equivalent of a small city – every day. World population is expected to reach at least 9.6 billion by 2050.
We are all at a crossroads.
Whether the average person alive today has between 1 and 2 children, or between 2 and 3 children, will largely determine whether the world our children will live in safe, healthy, and sustainable, or crowded and polluted, with little if any nature, fewer resources and more crime.
For more info, download World Economic Forum’s “Seven Billion and Growing” (PDF).
We have to keep in mind that every new person, especially in the United States, takes resources out of the planet that we can’t replace, pollutes the environment in ways we can’t clean up, and makes the world a harder place for each of us to live in.
The good news is that we are all going down the right road toward smaller and more loving families.
The average number of children born in the world today has dropped from roughly 5 births per woman in the 1960s to roughly 2 ½ births per woman today.
Small and loving families are investing more in themselves and in each child – and making the world those children will live in a better place.
But while most of us are changing the way we act to make the world a better place, many of our laws and policies remain stuck in the past, sending the wrong message. Instead of supporting small and loving families where parents can provide more for themselves and for each child they have, and valuing and investing in future children as individuals, many governments are pushing outdated policies that hurt parents and children.
Uncrowded is pushing back against these policies, and helping us work together to keep moving down the right road towards smaller and more loving families.