There is a famous saying – Excess of anything is bad. It applies to anything and everything including population. The humans’ count is increasing exponentially leaving the only habitable planet so far, Earth in tatters. World Population Day which is observed on July 11 every year is to spread awareness on overpopulation being the root cause of all problems. To celebrate this time around World Population 2017 theme is ‘Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations’. The scientists and philosophers make use of brilliant quotes, sayings, speeches, discourses and slogans to bring to everyone’s notice about the problems pertaining to global population and tackling the issues stemmed out if it. It is significant as we have already clocked a world population figures of 7.6 billion on the present day.

World Population Day is celebrated across the globe in an effort to bring the much-needed change in the mindset of its inhabitants. Overpopulation is affecting our lives on a daily basis, and it is going to worsen if concrete steps are not taken at the right time. The World Population Day was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989. It took place on July 11, 1989, on the Five Billion Day, reportedly the date when world population mark touched five billion. It is celebrated with an aim to work on several important topics such as family planning, gender equality, maternal and infant health, malnutrition and poverty, which directly or indirectly responsible for the population explosion.

According to the United Nations, World Population Day 2017 Theme is Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations to focus on the population issues. Around the world, around 225 million women who want to avoid pregnancy are not using safe and effective family planning methods, for reasons ranging from lack of access to information or services to lack of support from their partners or communities.

Most of these women with an unmet demand for contraceptives live in 69 of the poorest countries on earth. It aims to give them access to safe options as voluntary planning is a human right. It is also central to gender equality and women’s empowerment and is a key factor in reducing poverty. Investments in making family planning available also yield economic and other gains that can propel development forward. It is important for everyone to raise their voice and join in the social awareness on the important matter of population.

The use of slogans and quotes from influential figures and learned men and women has been used as one of a powerful means to raise awareness about overpopulation. From striking quotes and sayings to catchy slogans and posters, World Population Day witnesses an excellent collection. It is a great read, and most importantly, it is easy to grasp on why overpopulation needs to be kept in the check.

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Quote Reads: By Improving Health, Empowering Women, Population Growth Comes Down. – Bill Gates.

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Quote Reads: A Finite World Can Support Only A Finite Population; Therefore, Population Growth Must Eventually Equal Zero. – Garrett Hardin.

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Quote Reads: The Greatest Threat To Human Existence Is Our Own Lack Of Ability To Control Our Own Growth.

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Quote Reads: Use A Lid Have Just One Kid.

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Quote Reads: The Negative Impact Of Population Growth On All Of Our Planetary Ecosystems Is Becoming Appallingly Evident. – David Rockefeller.

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Quote Reads: We Control The Growth Of Every Other Species, Except Our Own.

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Quote Reads: When The Family Is Small, Whatever Little They Have They Are Able To Share. There Is Peace. – Philip Njuguna.

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Quote Reads: Deciding Not To Have Kids Is Not Selfish, It’s Sensible.

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Quote Reads: Over Population Leads To Overexploitation.

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Quote Reads: Take Care Of The Children We Already Have, Don’t Increase The Population.

The 2017 edition of World Population Day, coincidently falls on the same date as that of the Family Planning Summit, the second meeting of the FP2020–Family Planning 2020–initiative, which aims to expand access to voluntary family planning to 120 million additional women by 2020. Remember the great saying by former Vice President of the United States and famous environmentalist – “Population growth is straining the Earth’s resources to the breaking point, and educating girls is the single most important factor in stabilizing that. That, plus helping women gain political and economic power and safeguarding their reproductive rights.”