The second common misconception is that rapid population growth is distributed more or less evenly across the globe. In reality, more than half of the world’s citizens now reproduce at below the replacement rate. In many countries, including the United States and India, the birthrate only just exceeds the replacement rate. Population growth remains truly high only in the developing world, mostly in Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. Projections indicate that these regions will hold the vast majority of the world’s additional people as the century progresses.
I have had much luck and many breaks. Things could always have been much worse for me. But I have lived in the places where the worst situations are dealt with. I have seen what it is to be worse off than I am, because I am white and all of my class markers are fixable because I did not develop them as part of my being and my mental problems are not so severe and I do not live with a disability and my parents were kind and loving and just didn’t know what to do.
GUJARAT, INDIA, May 12, 2003: A rare phenomena has captured the hearts and minds of inhabitants of a village in Gujarat. It all started last October when a leopard began making regular nocturnal visits to a cow in the village. At first the villagers were leery of the visits, but word soon spread about the unusual relationship. Rohit Vyas explained, “It was unbelievable. They approached each other at very close proximity and the fearless cow would lick the leopard on its head and neck.” Efforts by the Forest department to capture the leopard proved fruitless. Soon the villagers were protecting the leopard. Apparently its frequent visits have kept other animals from damaging crops and crop yields have gone up by 30 per cent.