We are in the middle of a demographic earthquake that is reshaping our world. In the past century the human population has increased fourfold. That has caused huge environmental damage, and now global warming.
There are still millions of women like Vishnu Maya all over the world. If those women had genuine options in their childbearing and in their lives, we would not be facing the seven billionth birth this month.
We have grown from six to seven billion in little more than a dozen years. So it is easy to see why there are worries about what population growth means for our future, our quality of life and the health of our planet.
Planet Earth is the only home we have ever known, and it's likely to remain that way for a very, very long time. It's an inaccessible universe and we, your ancestors, have poked some big holes in this shared life raft. It's deflating fast!
Time and time again, in country after country, history has shown that if you give women the tools to have control over their lives, the numbers will follow. They solve the "population problem" on their own.