As I begin this blogpost Earth's population is exactly 7,762,009,632.
Great Britain's last population census was in 2011. Then our nation's population was 63.2 million. Today, in February 2020, that number has risen to 67,886,011. That's a rise of 4.6 million in nine short years. By the way, that is as many people who currently live in the US state of Louisiana.
Here in the middle of this short blogpost Earth's population is exactly 7,762,010,485. The terrible truth is that though people are dying all the time, the birth rate is considerably faster.
It seems to me that stemming this ballooning population growth is one of the most obvious ways in which we could save our planet - reducing the impact on natural resources and the world's climate. The Leader of the House of Commons is a posh, supercilious fellow called Jacob Rees-Mogg. He is the father of six children. Ursula von der Leyen is the new President of The European Union. She is the mother of seven children.
Are those in positions of influence really taking the continuing population crisis seriously? It is rarely top of the agenda when our world's future is under the microscope. And I don't see it taking centre stage when climate activists are justifiably venting their spleens.
As I end this blogpost, the planet's population has now grown to 7,762,011,155. It is now five minutes after midnight and already 1,335 babies have been born today but only 562 mostly older people have died.
It is now eight thirty in the morning - eight hours since I first published this blogpost. The world's population has now risen to 7,762,090,125. As I slept, The Earth's population increased by 80,000.