World Celebrates the Birth of the 7 Billionth Baby

How does people around you celebrated your birth? Well don't bother thinking as it has no relevance whatsoever on the article we're about to discuss here. Danica May Camacho first see the light 2 minutes before midnight of 30th of October, 2011. What's the significance of her birth? Well, she is the representation of how many people are there in the entire population of the world. She is marked as the 7 billionth of the world's population. More so, her birth became the symbol of all the worries that entails for the planet's future. Yes, the world celebrates the birth of the 7 billionth baby. And we are now overpopulated, but God had created Earth with not just enough but rather with great abundance, oh that's another story...

Danica May Camacho was born on a crowded hospital in the Philippines, people welcomed her birth with a chocolate cake that says, "7B Philippines" including a gift certificate for free shoes. Of course, there were many flashes of cameras from photographers and some boring speeches of the local officials.

Well, it is harder than you think to pinpoint who will be the 7 billionth occupant of the world right? Amid the millions of births and deaths around the world each day. But the U.N. chose Monday, October 31 to mark the day with a string of festivities worldwide, and a series of symbolic 7-billionth babies being born.

Just two minutes before midnight, Danica May was born at Manila's Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital. Though the doctors claimed that it was so close enough to consider her for a Monday birth.

The mother, Camille Galura, whispered, "She looks so lovely," as she cradled the 2.5-kilo (5.5-pound) baby, who was born about a month premature.

The baby was the second for Galura and her partner, Florante Camacho, a driver who supports the family on a tiny salary driving a 'jeepney,' ubiquitous four-wheel drive vehicles used by many poor and working-class Filipinos.

"Seven billion is a number we should think about deeply," Dr. Eric Tayag of the Philippines' Department of Health said later that the birth came with a warning. "Seven billion is a number we should think about deeply," he claims.

"We should really focus on the question of whether there will be food, clean water, shelter, education and a decent life for every child," he said. "If the answer is 'no,' it would be better for people to look at easing this population explosion."

In the Philippines, much of the population question revolves around birth control. The government backs a program that includes artificial birth control. The powerful Roman Catholic church, though, vehemently opposes contraception. If you’re asking about the controversial RH Bill, it is still on the debate whether to approve or not.

Camacho, a Catholic like her husband, said she was aware of the church's position but had decided to begin using a birth control device. It is on her personal beliefs to use contraceptives believing it is for her own good as well as for her family’s.

"The number of homeless children I see on the streets keeps multiplying," Camacho said. "When I see them, I'm bothered because I eat and maybe they don't."

Wonder how we got so many? Demographers say it took until 1804 for the world to reach its first billion people, and a century more until it hit 2 billion in 1927. The twentieth century, though, saw things begin to cascade: 3 billion in 1959; 4 billion in 1974; 5 billion in 1987; 6 billion in 1998. Experts are playing safe not to pinpoint who’s to blame, but for me, just on a personal perspective, it is the mass media’s fault.

The U.N. estimates the world's population will reach 8 billion by 2025 and 10 billion by 2083. But the numbers could vary widely, depending on everything from life expectancy to access to birth control to infant mortality rates. 

The problem does not lie on population alone, it is the scarcity of food that worries the people. If the people will not learn to conserve his/her surroundings, there would be no more left to eat.

Again, the world is reminding us for its call, a call to conserve everything He provided for the benefit of the future generation…


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