World Population Day is celebrated on July 11 of every year. The day is about raising awareness about global population issues like the importance of family planning, including poverty, gender equality, maternal health, and human rights. The growing population is a significant concern as the world getting crowded will have higher repercussions on natural resources which sustain all living organisms. The unrestrained population growth has already started to exhibit devastating effects on the world’s natural resources, which are receding at a fast depletion rate. So World Population Day is a perfect day to raise awareness among the people about the issues of the Global population.
“Environmentalists have been outspoken in their support of smaller family sizes and abortion rights as keys to reducing global warming. But when it comes to immigration, the single biggest contributor to population growth in the industrial world, they stand largely silent.” – Gary Bauer.
History of World Population Day
In 1968, leaders worldwide proclaimed that people had fundamental human rights to decide responsibly and openly the number and timing of their children. Yet, after 40 years, modern contraception remains out of reach for millions of women, men, and young people. The day was established in 1989 as an outgrowth of the Day of Five Billion, marked on July 11, 1987. Then the UN authorized the World Population Day event as a vehicle to build awareness of the population’s issues and their impact on development and the environment. Since then, the UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund’s) encouragement, governments, non-governmental organizations, individual agencies, and institutions have organized various educational activities to celebrate the day.
Other Celebrations on July 11
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How to Celebrate the day
World Population Day will be celebrated worldwide by business groups, community organizations, and individuals. The activities may include educational information sessions, seminar discussions, and essay competitions. In addition, you can increase awareness among the people of the issues of the growing population and their devastating effects on the world’s natural resources. You can use the hashtag #WorldPopulationDay to raise awareness on social media.
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