Welcome To The World’s 7th Billion Person!


Sometime next month, a baby will be born who will take the global population above seven billion for the first time, and in all probability that birth will take place in China or India, the two countries with more than a billion inhabitants.

The United Nations has fixed October 31 as the date of the fateful birth, but events have so often proved demographers wrong in the past that the expectation is that it will be sooner rather than later.

One Billion-Mark Reached After 1800

The rate of population growth has soared over the course of recorded history: when Jesus was born, there are thought to have been around 300 million people on earth. The billion-mark was reached only after 1800, but as a measure of just how fast global population is growing, the sixth billionth living person—Bosnian Adnan Nevic—is only 11.

Current predictions are that by 2050 or so, the world population will reach nine billion, essentially adding two Chinas to the number of people alive today.

Those billions will be seeking food, water and other resources on a planet where, scientists say, humans are already shaping climate and the web of life.

Soon India Will Take The Lead From China

From The Hindu:

It’s also clear that the proportions will shift between the continents, driven by high birth rates in Asia and Africa. Soon India, with 1.2 billion currently, will take the lead from China, with 1.3 billion, as the world’s most populous nation..

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country today with 162 million, will see its population increase to almost 750 million by the middle of the century.

Another example: highly industrialised Germany and developing Ethiopia each have a little more than 80 million people. In another 40 years, there will probably be 174 million Ethiopians, while Germany’s population will decline to 72 million.
And the industrialised world is ageing rapidly.

This also means that relations of political power will change.

Can We Support A Population Of Seven Billion?

Can the planet Earth really support seven billion people? With some 1.5 billion people already living on less than $1.25 a day, nearly one billion people hungry and the natural world already heavily damaged, are we humans destroying ourselves?

With increasing pressure on land, food and energy sources, many believe that there will be wars between neighboring countries over water and land.

What do you think? What will be the biggest problem facing a world of seven billion people?


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Ian Fletcher
Ian Fletcher3 years ago

we adapt or die.. If we can't become slightly more humble and not use the car to buy cigarettes.. sell the car and use the bike..stop smoking so much, buy roll tabacco.
we adopt or die.. if you've got enough love in you (and enough money in the bank..) why not? lend yourself to poor lost kids, they need you and me, my friend,
merry xmas everyone!

jessica w.
jessica w.3 years ago

i think the problem is people focusing on what is 'normal' and 'expected' of us in society instead of what is in front of us. if we think about the resources, impact on our earth, and animals we'd realize i'ts smarter to adopt the kids that are already out there than to immediately have a kid.

Maureen O.
Maureen O.4 years ago

What if they 7th Billion Person is born in Africa? precisely West Africa - Nigeria the most populous black nation. I read that its early hours of 31st October and there are couples about to deliver that I know but will it be early hours of this tomorrow's morning which is just about few hours? I dont know yet.
How do we know for sure this is it?

Desirai J.
Kayla J.4 years ago

We are destroying ourselves.

Tammy Eiland
Tammy Eiland4 years ago

At the current rate of consumption it will take 5 planets to keep up....Think about it!

Carole K.
Carole K.4 years ago

Social scientists have known for a long time that overcrowding wrecks deleterious effects upon any species. We will go mad and kill each other off before we all become extinct.Cannibalism will be commonplace if results of animal studies hold true for human kind. Born at the end of WWW II, I am near the completion of my own personal life cycle. It's been a fairly good run & I think I am glad.

dve d.
wiz w.4 years ago

who forgot to wear a condom?

Margaret F.
Margaret M. F.4 years ago

Thank-you for the interesting provoking article.

Margaret F.
Margaret M. F.4 years ago

Thank-you for the interesting, thought provoking article.

Margaret F.
Margaret M. F.4 years ago

Thank-you for the interesting, thought provoking article.