Here Is What You Need To Educate Your Child On "World Population Day"
Created by Aparna Jha Updated on Jul 11, 2018
“Instead of controlling the environment for the benefit of the population, maybe we should control the population to ensure the survival of our environment”
Humans consistently believe that this world is a better place because of them. However, haven’t they forgotten about the misery created to the environment by their own kind? The world population day is celebrated on 11 June 2018 globally in order to throw light on the repercussions created by overpopulation. As a parent, it is your moral obligation towards the society to educate your younger one about the importance of this day because “overpopulation leads to over exploitation”.
Interesting facts about world population
- 7.4 billion people exist on earth.
- Surprisingly, half of total populace is under 30 years of age.
- Nargis, the 7th million baby was born in Uttar Pradesh, India.
- India will beat china in terms of the most populated country by the year 2024.
- Developing countries witness death of adolescent females due to complexity during childbirth.
World population day has themes annually, this year the theme is “Family planning is a human right”. The last few years saw themes such as “Investing in young people”, “7 billion actions”, vulnerable populations in emergencies”, “focus on adolescent pregnancy” etc.
Tips to educate your teenager about world population day:
- Do not hesitate or shy away to guide your child, be confident so as to create an active conversation.
- Casual approach with a mix of sensitivity towards the issue will avoid them to show disinterest.
- Stop wondering about the right moment to discuss, your offspring has now grown up and you should create an amicable relation to discuss such issues with them.
What to discuss with your teenager:
- Create awareness about sex education, let them know that this is something natural. Moreover, having sex without protection can land them in troubles. Let them know about sexually transmitted diseases and several other issues arising due to carelessness in using protection.
- Guide them about the adverse effect of overpopulation on the world. These may include, ruining the basic necessary elements of survival such as shortage of fresh water supply and food, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, pollution, unemployment, depletion of natural resources etc.
- Make them know that puberty is a transforming phase in life where they can undergo several transitions and confusion. Educate them that experiencing these changes are ordinary.
Only you can raise consciousness about population issue in your children because charity begins at home. Mould a perspective to create a sustainable environment as it is wisely said that “we need to continue to decrease the growth rate of the global population, the planet can’t support many more people”.