A Crowded World
We languish in traffic and think, it didn’t used to be this bad.
We compete against hundreds of applicants for a single job opening.
We watch as kids struggle for attention from teachers in overcrowded classrooms.
We watch as our parks and beaches become more polluted.
We get angry when natural spaces and wildlife are destroyed for another strip mall.
We worry about the planet we will leave the next generation.
These every day observations mean that our communities are becoming increasingly crowded. But why should resign ourselves to this way of life? Crowding is not inevitable.
Don’t we want better lives for our families and everyone around us?
Every new person, especially in the United States, takes resources out of the planet that we can’t replace, pollutes the environment in ways we can’t clean up, and makes the world a harder place for each of us to live in.
We have a duty to ensure that pristine forests, uncrowded beaches, and animals are protected, and restored, for future generations.
A Path Forward
The good news is that we are all going down the right road toward smaller families. The average number of children born in the world today has dropped from roughly 5 births per woman in the 1960s to roughly 2½ births per woman today.
But our policies remain stuck in the past. Instead of supporting smaller families where parents can provide more for themselves and for each child they have, many governments are pushing outdated policies that hurt people and the planet.
Through our parent organization, Having Kids, we are pushing back and helping communities work together to keep moving down the right road towards smaller families.
By 2100, world population
could vary by
billions of people
depending on whether the average woman in the world today has
one child more or one child fewer.