The UN officially communicate the achievement of the round figure on November 15, 2022, as planned
Who knows what it feels like to be born on November 15, 2022 and be remembered as the eighth billionth inhabitant of planet Earth. The news of this numerical milestone was given by the UN and was commented by the National Secretary of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres as
an occasion to celebrate diversity and progress, considering humanity’s shared responsibility towards the planet.
Certainly a number that weighs, but the prospects that will weigh on the human population are even more incidental, explained in a BBC video which, among other information, illustrates that if the face of every living person on Earth today were shown for a second , it would take 253 years to show all of us 8 billion inhabitants.
On the other hand, the data suggesting that China is destined to be ousted as the most populous country in the world is surprising, since estimates indicate that India will already surpass it in 2023, almost worrying if we consider the large difference in kilometers of geographical surface between the two villages.
However, it is interesting to discover that the growth rate of the world population is actually the slowest since 1950. If it took 12 years to go from 7 to 8 billion, it will take about 15 years – until 2037 – to reach 9 billion, a sign that the global growth rate of the world’s population is slowing down. For this reason, the United Nations estimates that the world’s population will continue to grow but reach a peak of about 10.4 billion people by 2090.
- How the world got to 8 billion people – and where next (bbc.com)