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World Population Day!

Hello everyone! Today is World Population Day, so let's take a step back and look at some facts and statistics about this world's population as well as some of the incredible people that live, or once lived, among us!

I think we sometimes forget how incredible this planet really is, and we neglect to notice the amazing people around us. 131.4 million people are born every year, which is approximately 4 births every second! 55.3 million people lose their lives every year, approximately 2 deaths every second. Just take a moment to think about these facts. Somewhere right now a baby has been born, or a family are grieving the loss of a loved one. These are real emotions, real feelings, real people. Crazy when you think about it, right? 

We all love animals too right? Well, if you love animals you will love to know that there are approximately 525 million dogs in the world and 600 million cats (up to 100 million of which are wild)! 

But what about some of the incredible people who have lived on our planet? 

- Rick Rescorla, a retired Vietnam war veteran, saved thousands of lives rather than saving his own... He was in the Morgan Stanley Office in the second Twin Tower when he heard an explosion on the morning of 9/11. Despite everyone being told to remain where they are, Rick grabbed a bullhorn and a walkie-talkie and safely evacuated thousands of people, when he was approached by another person who encouraged him to leave and save himself, he refused and continued helping others. He was last seen heading to the 10th floor when the building collapsed. His remains were never found, but he died a true hero. 

-James Harrison (also knows as The Man With The Golden Arm!) gave blood, only to find that his blood plasma has an unusual composition that can be used to make a treatment for Rhesus Disease. Over his lifetime he made over 1000 blood donations and by doing so he saved over 2 million unborn babies from the condition! 

- Maurice Ralph Hilleman saved more lives than any other medical scientist in the 20th century. He did this by developing over 36 vaccinations for diseases and infections such as; Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Chicken Pox, Measles, Mumps, Meningitis, Pneumonia as well as types of the Influenza Bacteria. 

The world is an incredible place, with beautiful places and wonderful people as well as amazing wildlife animals. But not everything is perfect, the planet is starting to suffer from toxic waste and fumes causing pollution, melting our ice-caps, contaminating the oceans, and putting wildlife at risk of extinction. We need to look after our planet if we want it to survive. 

 

Sources:

Population Facts 
Incredible People, You Have Never Heard Of  
Facts About Famous Historical Figures! 
Population and Poverty 

 

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