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Population experts have been saying for many years that we can anticipate nine billion humans on Earth by the year 2050. This morning (July 10, 2012), the Worldwatch Institute in Washington D.C. released the following nine strategies for stopping short of that number. These ideas agree with what nearly every other population expert has told EarthSky over the past decade: that is, women are the key to reducing the rate of population growth. For example, says Worldwatch Institute and other experts, in every culture surveyed to date, women who have completed at least some secondary school have fewer children on average, and have children later in life, than do women who have less education. Women who can own, inherit, and manage property, divorce, obtain credit, and participate in civic and political affairs on equal terms with men are more likely to postpone childbearing and to have fewer children compared to women who are deprived of these rights. And so on. You get the idea. Here are the nine population strategies, from Worldwatch.
Bottom line: On July 10, 2012, the Worldwatch Institute of Washington D.C. released nine strategies for stopping short of 9 billion in population growth. Educating and empowering women is key to these strategies. Other strategies include educating children about population growth, and providing incentives to adjust to an aging population.