7 Billion Butterfly Effects for Change?

On October 31st the population of the world is set to reach 7 billion. Obviously this has implications for all of us.

On the one hand, there is no denying that it will be a challenge to feed, clothe, educate, accomodate, provide health care and generally provide for seven billion people.

On the other hand, as well as having seven billion people to care for, we also have – potentially – seven billion people to share the burden.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is running a global campaign called 7 Billion Actions to build awareness of both the challenges and opportunities this population growth will bring.

7 Billion Actions aims to achieve two key objectives:

  • Building global awareness around the opportunities and challenges associated with a world of seven billion people.
  • Inspiring governments, NGOs, private sector, media, academia and individuals to take actions that will have a socially positive impact.
Small actions taken by each of us, multiplied across communities, can create a better world.” — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

7 Billion Butterfly Effects for Change?