India is set to overtake China as the world’s most populous country this month!
The United Nations has been keeping an eye on global populations and they predict that India will hit a population of 1.425 billion this month. That’s a big deal because it means India will have more people than China, which has been the world’s most populous country for a long time.
China’s population growth has slowed down because of a policy they had where families could only have one child. That meant their population wasn’t growing as quickly as India’s, which has been steadily increasing in size over the years. China’s population is actually expected to start declining soon for the first time since 1961 because of this.
Being the most populous country in the world comes with its own set of challenges though. India will need to make sure everyone has access to healthcare, education, and job opportunities. It will also need to figure out how it fits into the global political and economic landscape.
But it’s not just India and China that are growing in population. The UN predicts that other developing countries, particularly in Africa, will also see a lot of growth. By 2100, five African countries are expected to be among the world’s 10 most populous countries.
All of this growth means we need to start thinking about how to manage resources, promote sustainable development, and make sure everyone has access to things like education and healthcare.