Published: July 11, 2016

    Everything You Need to Know About World Population Day & Water this July 11th

    Starting in 1989, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme set aside July 11th for people all around the world to observe World Population Day. What, exactly, is World Population Day? What should you and your family do to take part on July 11th?

    The “holiday” is not intended as an opportunity for celebration. The observation of World Population Day was begun to educate the global populace about the potential dangers and consequences of an ever-increasing world population.

    Currently nearing 7.5 billion people, the world population has already put an enormous strain on resources as millions of people do not have access to birth control and family planning services. You can track the world population here; without effective means to curb the population our planet’s wellbeing will be at risk.

    According to the United Nations World Population Fund, the huge boom in population growth over the last two centuries has been caused by “increasing numbers of people surviving to reproductive age, and has been accompanied by major changes in fertility rates, increasing urbanization and accelerating migration.”

    On World Population Day the United Nations and other organizations sponsor seminars, outreaches, and donations to provide citizens the ability to choose the timing (and number) of their children. Without widespread action to curb population growth our most precious resources, like water, become more limited than ever.

    With the world population where it is now, 783 million people do not have access to clean water, and nearly 2.5 billion people do not have access to proper sanitation, according to the United Nations. As our population grows the availability of water in many areas is expected to greatly decrease, while the global agricultural demand for water will increase by almost 20% by 2050, causing a huge disparity between the water supply and demand.

    Most of the globe’s resources are interrelated. As agricultural needs increase with a rising population, the amount of water needed to produce meat will increase.

    Reducing the rate of population growth is the ultimate goal of programs and events held on World Population Day. But during the process, we must all do our part to conserve resources however possible.

    There are many easy steps you and your family can take to lower your water use now and in the future. Get into habits that limit water waste. Checking for leaks is paramount, as is installing low-flow faucets and showerheads.

    Take shorter showers, and be sure to turn off the faucet while you brush your teeth, wash your hands, or do the dishes. You don’t need to keep the water running if you’re not using it!

    And don’t rely on bottled water. Buying your own refillable sports bottle cuts down on water waste and plastic waste. Remember how important conservation is as we observe World Population Day on July 11th.