Just the other day the world population hit the 7th billion mark. For a layman, this would seem like a normal occurrence. As a biologist, there is a lot to be concerned about.
The pressure on the environmental resources is already so great, the ecological diversity has been disturbed and this has given way to, among many other things, climate change which has led to global warming. This therefore calls for concerted efforts among various stakeholders to help put measures that will check population growth.
The impacts of this huge population are apparent. The once beautiful Mother Nature has been destroyed. Human activities have led to destruction of river catchment areas, pollution of rivers and lakes, emission of green house gases to the atmosphere all of which are destroying the once beautiful fauna and flora.
It is very sad that the next generation may not have an opportunity to see for themselves some of the great animals and plants that once lived on planet earth; instead, they will have a myriad of diseases and many other man made problems to deal with. It is therefore important that even as the world celebrates this historic population numbers, its impacts to the wider environment are also expressly addressed and solutions sort urgently before Mother Nature punishes us severely.