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World Population Day

The Polar Bear in Your Backyard

Stephanie Feldstein | Posted 07.16.2015 | Green
Stephanie Feldstein

For many people, the idea of a world without polar bears is eerie, but distant, like looking at photos of abandoned buildings. It's troubling, but in a NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) sort of way. Except the problem is in your backyard...and in your bedroom.

Women and Natural Disasters: Protecting the World's Most Vulnerable Populations

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 07.14.2015 | College
Ariel Smilowitz

Over ten years ago, on December 26, 2004, an earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia triggered one of the deadliest tsunamis ever recorded, an event that ushered the destruction of over 200,00 lives -- and even more livelihoods -- throughout Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the east coast of Africa.

Reaping the Demographic Dividend: My Stroll With Under-Secretary-General Babatunde Osotimehin

Ebenezar Wikina | Posted 07.10.2015 | Impact
Ebenezar Wikina

In course of the 25th anniversary of the World Economic Forum on Africa which held in Cape Town 3rd-5th of June 2015, I was lucky to secure a one-on-one with the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Under-Secretary-General Babatunde Osotimehin.

World Population Day: Addressing Food Deserts in the Land of Plenty

Brian Kennell | Posted 07.09.2015 | Business
Brian Kennell

More than 6.5 million American children live in food deserts. Making it possible for those children to get leafy greens, milk, juice and fresh fruit on their tables at home and experience food security will require still more education, innovation and effort on the part of many of the companies and organizations involved in the supply chain.

How Congress Is Observing World Population Day

Robert Walker | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Robert Walker

Congress is preparing to observe the 26th World Population Day this week by slashing support for family planning and reproductive health programs at home and abroad, including UN programs serving women in refugee camps. Somebody did not get the memo.

World Population Could Almost Quadruple By 2100 If Access To Contraception Doesn't Improve

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.11.2014 | Impact

World population levels could soar to explosive heights if contraception doesn’t become readily available to women in developing countries. Frida...

The Story Behind the Numbers on World Population Day

Purnima Mane | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Purnima Mane

While these numbers are still high and have major global impact, I urge us not to lose sight of the fact that each country is faced with its own unique set of population challenges and opportunities.

World Population Day: How Are We Doing?

Robert Walker | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Robert Walker

In the developed world, where you and I are consuming a highly disproportionate share of the world's resources, preventing unplanned pregnancies will help to reduce carbon emissions and slow the headlong depletion of the world's limited resources.

Is It Getting Crowded In Here?

Stephanie Feldstein | Posted 09.09.2014 | Green
Stephanie Feldstein

There's something that distinguishes humans from other animals besides our opposable thumbs: There has never, in the history of the world, been another large vertebrate land animal whose population has grown as much, as quickly or with such devastating consequences as ours.

A Day for Women and the World

Michael Brune | Posted 09.09.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

Although developed countries are responsible for the majority of wasteful fossil fuel consumption, developing nations, where most of the population growth is happening, are where consumption is increasing the fastest. For such countries, essential resources like water are scarce, and modern family-planning resources are even scarcer.

We Can't Ignore Adolescent Reproductive Health

Kathy Calvin | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact
Kathy Calvin

Simply put: When we ignore the sexual and reproductive health of adolescent girls, they suffer, their families suffer, and their communities suffer.

Addressing a World of Inequities on World Population Day

Pamela Barnes | Posted 09.06.2014 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

Some see WPD as a day to focus on the population "boom," or overpopulation, but ultimately this just distracts people from a universal truth: If women and girls can access contraception, they are more likely to finish school, they will have fewer children by choice, and they are more likely to prosper.

In Africa, Delaying Motherhood Can Mean Escape From Poverty

Jane Otai | Posted 09.10.2013 | Impact
Jane Otai

I come from the slums of Nairobi, where delaying motherhood is not always a choice. I was lucky to have this option, and choosing to hold off on becoming a mother was my way of stepping out of poverty and getting an education.

World Population Day Raises Teen Pregnancy Awareness

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 07.11.2013 | Impact

The United Nations designates every July 11 to highlight issues related to population growth, including environmental sustainability, global developme...

Give Women and Girls the World

John Seager | Posted 09.10.2013 | Impact
John Seager

Demand that your lawmakers support funding for international family planning programs -- $1 billion is America's fair share. Talk to your friends and family about how all women -- not just the lucky residents of developed nations -- deserve to make choices about their own futures.

Women at the Center of a Sustainable World

Veda Ward | Posted 09.10.2013 | Religion
Veda Ward

In our church, Healthy Families and a Healthy Planet are two sides of the same coin. Today, on World Population Day, I'm looking at both sides with inspiration and appreciation for the world we could all share the ability to carefully plan one's family were available to all.

'I Have Seen My Friends Die': Why We Need to Talk Frankly About Girls' Reproductive Health

Purnima Mane | Posted 09.08.2013 | Impact
Purnima Mane

In virtually every country in the world, there are disproportionate barriers for young people -- particularly young women -- when they seek contraception or access to information and commodities to practice safer sex. And this must stop.

World Population Day and 'Failing States'

Robert Walker | Posted 09.08.2013 | World
Robert Walker

When women everywhere enjoy gender equality and access to family planning and reproductive health services, World Population Day will be a cause for universal celebration, but we are not there yet.

World Population Day: 18 Groups Taking Action

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 09.08.2013 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Thursday, July 11th, is World Population Day. The United Nations estimates that global population will swell to 9 billion by the year 2050. Most of t...

Let's Talk About Sex

Pamela Barnes | Posted 09.02.2013 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

Unlike what its name suggests, World Population Day is not just a day about numbers -- it's about people. It's a day designated to reaffirm everyone's right to plan the families they want, not what their circumstances dictate.

What Does It Mean To Be One Of 7 Billion?

Posted 07.13.2012 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: The Earth’s seven billionth person was born this past October -- ...

Population Growth: Six Hours to Fill Yankee Stadium

John Seager | Posted 09.10.2012 | Green
John Seager

Let's put population growth into terms any baseball fan can understand. Every hour, the world population increases by about 9,100 people.

A World Population Day Worthy of Celebration

Robert Walker | Posted 09.09.2012 | World
Robert Walker

This year we actually have something to celebrate on World Population Day. Foundations, NGOs, and donor countries, led by the United Kingdom, will come together for an international summit on family planning.

World Population Day Highlights Reproductive Health As Key Theme

Posted 07.10.2012 | World

Ahead of this year's World Population Day on July 11, 2012, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon issued a statement reiterating the importance of making...

World Population Day: Agriculture Offers Huge Opportunities for a Planet of 7 Billion

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 09.06.2011 | Impact
Danielle Nierenberg

Agriculture is emerging as a solution to mitigating climate change, reducing public health problems and costs, making cities more livable, and creating jobs in a stagnant global economy.