World Population Day is an annual event, observed on July 11 every year, which seeks to raise awareness of global population issues. The event was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Program in 1989. It was inspired by the public interest in Five Billion Day on July 11, 1987, approximately the date on which the world's population reached five billion people. And now nearly 23 years down the line the world population is over 7billion i.e. 700crores! Just look at the speed with which it’s growing. That’s why words from the great Canadian academic who is an environmental activist does matters so much today. For many years people were not understanding importance of the population factor in environmental issues but the main threat to the environment is no one else but human being & the rate with which its population is increasing!
Again many will say what’s new in this? Have we not witnessing this from many years? And isn’t the large population is boon in some way for our economy? Well, we are witnessing it but at the same time are we not witnessing the ill effects of this migrating ever increasing population? More & more people are migrating to the cities because the continuous increasing population doesn’t get enough jobs for their daily survival in the villages. Agriculture lands are fast getting surrendered to non agriculture purposes & not only area under cultivation even those under forests ,hills, water bodies are also being encroached for different uses which are mainly to accommodate the population & its needs. On one side this migrating population is boon for real estate as more people coming to the Metros means more demand for homes & which industry won’t like needy customers for their product? But have we thought of byproducts of this demand? The very basic problem starts from the raw material for the homes & that is land; and we can’t create land is worldwide truth. It’s for the lands wars have been fought & with all countries equipped with nuclear weapons no one can afford a war. So use as much as land we have got for building homes is the answer & in that zest we are literally killing other all species may it be common sparrow or a endangered specie like Great Indian Bustard (Maldhok), everybody is under threat getting victim of our race for building more homes. No fault there too as we are after all prioritizing the needs of human, whose claims come first, is what we only have decided!
Well even if the housing is taken care but a home isn’t build out of thin air, it needs materials like sand, metal, steel, cement, tiles & many more which is made of mostly natural resources so again deterioration of nature to explore these materials. Obviously then comes more factories to fulfill these demands of various materials. Once these homes get competed then the occupants needs things like water, power then vehicles for their commuting which in turn needs fuel & then comes byproducts of our own living in form of garbage & drainage, the list is ongoing.
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