7 Billion and Counting – Notable Quotes on the Growing Global Population

Posted by on November 11th, 2011 | 0 Comments »

Many public and private sector leaders around the world have commented on the United Nations’ recent announcement that the global population has reached seven billion people. Below is a sample of notable quotes on the growing global population.

“Today – this Day of 7 Billion – is not about one newborn, or even one generation. This is a day about our entire human family…What kind of world has baby 7 billion been born into? What kind of world do we want for our children in the future? I am one of 7 billion. You are also one of 7 billion. Together, we can be 7 billion strong – by working in solidarity for a better world for all.”

– Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General, United Nations 

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“Seven billion people face, almost on a daily basis – with varying degrees of severity – the consequences of environmental challenges, increasing poverty, inequity, wars and economic instability. But with each of these challenges comes an opportunity – 7 billion opportunities in fact… these opportunities can be harnessed to reach global anti-poverty targets, to invest in youth and women, and to re-think the approach to sustainable development.”

– Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President, United Nations General Assembly

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“In the wake of the United Nations’ report that there are now 7 billion people living on earth, policy-makers, academics, and the press have taken a close look at how the world will feed a rapidly growing population that is expected to reach nearly 9.5 billion by 2050. The challenge is clear. With nearly 1 billion people already suffering from hunger and malnutrition in some of the fastest growing areas of the world, the challenge of doubling food production by 2050 will become more difficult as key resources become increasingly scarce and a changing climate creates unforeseen obstacles. Undoubtedly, the world is going to have to produce more. But it cannot do so at the expense of the land or environment. We must produce more with less.”

– Hugh Grant, Chairman, President and CEO, Monsanto Company

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“How can we help the world’s growing population thrive without ruining the natural systems that we all depend on for our health and prosperity? One solution to this challenge is to better integrate conservation and agriculture. Just as we must determine how to produce more energy with less pollution and habitat destruction, we must develop smarter agricultural systems that produce more food using less land and water.”

– Mark Tercek, CEO, The Nature Conservancy

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“As never before, our world requires science-powered innovation and collaboration to meet the food, energy and protection challenges of unprecedented population growth. Ensuring that no one goes hungry, that we meet our energy needs and that people are safe and our planet renewed requires the public and private sectors to collaborate in new and expanded ways. Population growth puts unprecedented demand on our planet and its resources, and is changing the way we live and work. DuPont is focused on providing more and safer food, reducing dependence on fossil fuels and protecting people and the planet.”

– Mark P. Vergnano, Executive Vice President, DuPont

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“We need to be smart. Nature’s bounty and resiliency are astonishing, but we need to consider how nature can provide a stable climate, fresh water, food,health, culture, biodiversity and prosperity for all 7 billion of us who are here today and the 80 million who join us each year. That’s why Conservation International (CI) has made it our mission not only to restore and maintain the ecosystems that provide essential services to people, but to ensure that nature’s enduring value is considered at every turn.” … “This population milestone is a wake-up call, and we must choose a new path if we are to survive. Today there is unprecedented awareness, engagement, exploration and innovation globally. Enlightened self-interest is perhaps the most powerful motivator. It is in our self-interest to safeguard our natural capital: the ecosystems that sustain us and provide our economies and our citizens with food, water, soil, pollinators and so many other goods and services.”

– Peter Seligmann, Chairman and CEO, Conservation International

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“Today, a billion people live in poverty. They don’t have clean water, electricity or even enough food to eat. Providing 9 billion people with a decent standard of living will put incredible pressures on Earth’s natural resources. We may need to double the production of food and energy—on the same land, with the same amount of freshwater, in a rapidly changing climate.” … “We will need all the innovation we can muster to get more agricultural output with less land and water, more energy with less pollution and habitat destruction, and more cities with less sprawl and energy use. To drive innovation we need to price natural resources, especially energy and water, to cover their full costs, including the environmental impact of their production and use.”

– Glenn Prickett, Chief External Affairs Officer, The Nature Conservancy

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“Population growth is an important driver of economic progress. Every stomach comes with two hands attached. Every mouth is backed by a creative human intelligence. We can solve the problems that are caused by our growing numbers. In fact, we have been doing so for many centuries now.”

– Steven Mosher, President, Population Research Institute

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