Education key to saving planet

Published 11:43 am Wednesday, July 2, 2014

On July 11 people around the world will take part in World Population Day to raise awareness about population issues.

But here in the United States, we don’t talk enough about the specific effects our exploding numbers have on wildlife, the planet and our own future.

There are more than 7 billion people on the planet, and we’re adding 227,000 more each day. Every eight seconds another person is born in the United States.

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The toll on wildlife is devastating: Species are disappearing 1,000 to 10,000 times faster than the historical rate.

We can stabilize our population growth and save wildlife with common-sense solutions, such as universal access to family planning and reproductive health care and education for women and girls.

Future generations ought to know what it’s like to live in a world with wild grizzly bears, wolves and all the other magnificent creatures, big and small, in the web of life.

But at the rate we’re growing and using up our world’s limited resources, we’ll be passing on a diminished future.


Lauren Wade