July 11, 2013
by Peggy
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More People, More to Worry About

The United Nations recently revealed an updated forecast of worldwide population. Latest statistics show that human population growth is occurring faster than previous projections had estimated. According to the UN’s current best guess, we are headed for 9.6 billion by … Continue reading

Contraception Counts

February 29, 2012 by Peggy | Comments Off on Contraception Counts

This blog is not about politics; it’s about managing the Earth’s resources mindfully  and responsibly.  But recent political debate in the U.S. about contraception has me mystified, so I want to get a few words in. The debate has focused almost exclusively on women’s rights vs. religious freedom.   May I take a moment to remind everyone that there is another important reason to embrace contraception?

A few short months ago, on or around October 31st, 2011, human population hit  7 Billion. It’s stunning to think that world population has doubled in my lifetime.

Given that:

  • 2.6 Billion people live on less than $2 per day (worldbank.org)
  • 1 Billion people lack access to safe drinking water (water.org)

I find 7 Billion+ (we’ve added 24 million since October) a concerning landmark.

A good video from Science Magazine  illustrates the growth trends:

The United Nations has judged the 7 Billion threshold a wake up call to humanity, and rightly so.  I think we humans should use our big brains and foresight to plan for alternatives to a looming catastrophe.

Looking at the future that could be, don’t you think contraception is essential? Leave us a comment.