Fertility rates are dropping globally as women choose to have fewer children


Falling fertility rates are starting to cause dramatic effect on countries around the world and could see shrinking populations by the end of the century.

The world is preparing for a ‘global crash’ in children being born which researchers say is set to have a “jaw-dropping” impact on societies and not the positive effect on the environment we might assume. Expecting the number of people on the planet to peak at 9.7 billion around 2064, before falling down to 8.8 billion by the end of the century, Prof Christopher Murray recently told the BBC.”That’s a pretty big thing; most of the world is transitioning into natural population decline, I think it’s incredibly hard to think this through and recognise how big a thing this is; it’s extraordinary, we’ll have to reorganise societies.”

As we witness birth rates decreasing around the world and women choosing the child free life, claims are pointing towards the falling rates being driven by more women in education and work, therefore choosing success over family life.

Prof Stein Emil Vollset said to the BBC: “Responding to population decline is likely to become an overriding policy concern in many nations, but we must not compromise efforts to enhance women’s reproductive health or progress on women’s rights.” Researchers are warning against undoing the progress on women’s education and access to contraception.

The study projects:

  • The number of under-fives will fall from 681 million in 2017 to 401 million in 2100.
  • The number of over 80-year-olds will soar from 141 million in 2017 to 866 million in 2100.

If these predictions are accurate it’s being proven that migration will need to become a necessity for all nations and not an option, and that to be successful we will need a fundamental rethink of global politics.

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