MANILA, Philippines — Sometime Sunday, a baby was born, and the world’s population reached seven billion. The birth came a day ahead of what the United Nations has proclaimed as The Day of 7 Billion.
It as much a milestone in human history as it is a worldwide cause for deep concern.
Think about it: Humankind didn’t hit the 1 billionth threshold until the 19th century. But barely a hundred years later, we were 2 billion strong. Our numbers have since been growing by giant, exponential leaps.