As I write this, it’s twelve minutes past midnight, but I’m only now finding out that thirteen minutes ago, it was World Population Day. It’s kind of appropriate that the word didn’t get out to me until it was too late for me to participate, given that population is a neglected issue.
Even this year’s World Population Day isn’t directly about population itself. It’s about girls’ education. The idea, I think, is that the more girls are educated, the more they delay becoming mothers, and that helps to slow population growth without having to engage in any controversial sort of discussion of birth control or abortion.
I missed the whole thing anyway, so I’m noting the day after World Population Day in a kind of recognition of the lack of recognition of population. It goes to show you just how far awareness will get you.