10 Billion Population by 2100
According to the United Nations’ recently released 2010 revisions of the World Population Prospects (WPP) report, the global population is growing at a much faster rate than had been previously projected. Reaching 7 billion this year, the population is expected to balloon to 9.3 billion by 2050, and 10.1 billion by 2100.
In response to these new estimates, the Center for Biological Diversity issued a press release warning that the earth cannot support this rate of growth. Randy Serraglio, overpopulation campaign coordinator at the Center, said it is “bad news for all the other animals and plants that call it [Earth] home.” He added that there is no way the Earth can support 10 billion people and sustain all of the other species that rely on its resources for survival.
In previous releases of the WPP, slower growth rates were projected because it was believed education, family planning awareness, and birth control would all eventually start to have an impact, but this has not been the case. Developing countries, particularly those listed among the 48 Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) continue to have rapidly growing populations.
Serraglio believes the only solution “is a global effort to empower women with the necessary resources, education and freedom to make their own reproductive choices.” But despite the fact that many agree with this approach, governments in developed nations seem to be turning their back on the very organizations that work with women on these issues. Both the US and Canadian governments have recently cut funding to family planning services and organizations. Political pressure must be put on all governments to fund reproductive health programs in an effort to stabilize and slow human population growth, as well as ensure a better future for women and children.