We’re slowing down for the summer! Instead of our usual roundup of “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events, here’s a closer look at one historic event that connects to something in the news today. We’ve also matched it with a map or visual, background information, and additional resources. Find all the resources here, as well as more, in this post’s unique Pinterest board!
Tuesday, July 11
The UN established this day in 1989 to raise awareness about environmental and social issues related to population growth.
The UN recently raised its world population forecast to 9.8 billion people in 2050 (up from their previous estimate of 9.7 billion), noting that more than half of the growth between now and 2050 will take place in Africa.