To the editor:
There are now 7 billion people on the planet. And in less than 100 years, the world population will hit 10 billion.
Crowding that many people onto the planet comes with a cost, including the loss of plants and animals around the world. In fact, scientists tell us that species are going extinct 100 to 1,000 times faster than the normal rate.
This is the perfect moment to start talking about the best ways to curb population growth. For starters, how about providing more birth control? Around the world, more than 200 million women who want access to birth control don't have it. That's just one step for addressing this crisis – but at the very least, we need to get this conversation going.