World population is projected to cross 8 billion on November 15, 2022, according to the United Nations Population Division. Our large and growing population has enormous implications for human welfare and the environment—we've pulled together some of the most pertinent facts to help you cover this important milestone.
Importance of Commemorating Population Milestones
Consequences of Population Growth
Influential people like Elon Musk do a lot of harm by fearmongering about a "population collapse." Our population is nowhere near collapse. We're on track to surpass 10 billion by the end of the century, which will have serious implications for the environment and sustainable development. Around the world, 257 million women have an unmet need for modern contraception, while fears about declining birth rates are fueling reproductive rights violations. We are already seeing attempts to restrict access to family planning and safe abortion, including in Iran, China, and right here in the United States with the reversal of Roe v. Wade.
John Seager, President & CEO, Population Connection