Tuesday, July 8, 2008

July 11th, World Population Day

This July 11 marks the 19th annual World Population Day.

This year's theme, Plan Your Future: Plan Your Family, is intended to build awareness of the importance of voluntary family planning and why it is a cornerstone of a wide range of development issues.

On their website, the United Nations Population Fund has a Resource Kit, activities you can use to promote World Population Day, and posters for downloading. Too bad this all happens during the summer, when school is out, and teachers can't address this in their classrooms.

Here's a brief history by Celia W. Dugger about what has happened in the last two centuries:

"The first great wave of urbanization unfurled over two centuries, from 1750 to 1950, in Europe and North America, with urban populations rising from 15 million to 423 million. The second wave is happening now in the developing world. There, the number of people living in urban areas will have grown from 309 million in 1950 to an expected 3.9 billion in 2030. By 2030, developing nations are expected to have 80 percent of the world's urban population. "

A bit scary, right?

But it doesn't have to take much on your part. Look at what these two women did when they found out the the US had withdrawn $34 million that was approved for the UNFPA:

1 comment:

Mama Z said...

That is interesting...I've never heard of World population day. That is too bad that the kids are out of school for it, it would be a good subject for them to study.

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