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Population can’t be ignored. It has to be part of the policy solution to our world’s problems

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news:The global population is on track to reach 9.7 billion by 2050 and 10.4 billion by 2100, according to United Nations projections
This surge poses significant risks to the environment, including pollution, habitat destruction, and strained ecosystems, challenging the planet's ability to sustain its inhabitants.

🔭 The context: Historical concerns about population growth have shifted focus over the years. The green revolution temporarily alleviated fears by boosting food production, but its environmental costs are now becoming apparent
The article underscores the complex relationship between population growth, consumption, and environmental sustainability, highlighting the disproportionate resource use by developed countries.

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The expected population increase will exacerbate environmental issues such as habitat destruction and pollution, pushing ecosystems to the brink of collapse
Developed countries, despite having smaller population growth rates, contribute significantly to global environmental problems due to higher per capita consumption. This underscores the global nature of the population challenge, requiring a unified approach to sustainability and conservation

⏭️ What's next: Addressing population growth entails a multifaceted strategy that includes empowering women, promoting sustainable economic policies, and encouraging lower fertility rates.
This approach could lead to a demographic transition towards stabilizing the global population, potentially mitigating environmental impacts and fostering a more sustainable future for the planet.

💬 One quote: "People are not stupid. In particular, women are not stupid. Where women are given the choice, they restrict the number of children they have." - This highlights the importance of empowering women to make informed choices about reproduction, which can significantly impact population growth and sustainability.

📈 One stat: Per person, people in high-income countries consume 60% more resources than those in upper-middle-income countries and more than 13 times as much as people in low-income countries, illustrating the significant environmental impact of consumption patterns in developed nations.

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