Overpopulation Misconception #1

  • The world is overpopulated.
  • Global population will soar to 11.9 billion by 2050.


This is not the full story. To the contrary, in fact, across the globe, people are having fewer and fewer children. Fertility rates have dropped by half since 1972, from six children per woman to 2.9. And the demographers say they're still falling, faster than ever.

The world's population will continue to grow -- from today's 6.4 billion to around 9 billion in 2050. But after that, it will go sharply into decline. Indeed, a phenomenon that we're destined to learn much more about -- depopulation -- has already begun in a number of countries. Welcome to the New Demography. It will change everything about our world, from the absolute size and power of nations to global economic growth to the quality of our lives.

Excerpt from Misconceptions and Clarifications on Issues Related to Humanae Vitae and the Reproductive Health Law in Philippine Congress by Rev. Fr. Gregory D. Gaston, SThD

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