The beginning of the school year is an exciting time for everyone. Students are rested and ready to explore new concepts. Teachers are rejuvenated from the summer and full of new ideas for their class. This back-to-school excitement extends to Population Education as well!
In our blog post “What is the Demographic Dividend?” we explored the benefits that may result when a country’s age structure changes due to falling birth rates. But keep in mind that while lower fertility is a precondition for the demographic dividend to happen, the actual benefits are largely dependent on a country’s social, economic, and political environment.
A Look at South Korea’s Demographic Transition
This year, the Olympics opening ceremony highlighted climate change and the impact of global warming on the planet to a worldwide, primetime audience – a message that echoed throughout the games in different ways.
There are 145 calendar days left in 2016, and today marks the day that our population will have used all the natural and ecological resources that our planet can renew in a whole year.
A healthy, clean, and sustainable environment is essential to the fulfillment of human rights, including the right to life, food, health, water, and an adequate standard of living.
There may be no prettier setting than where we found ourselves last weekend – the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, a stretch of California State coastline just a stone’s throw from the tony Pebble Beach golf course and 17-mile drive. While the rest of the country sweated through record heat, we enjoyed three days of leadership training amid chilly breezes and fog that would burn off just in time to reveal dazzling sunsets.
The coast of Florida has recently been plagued by miles of green muck affecting tourism, fishing, and everyone’s overall sense of smell. The green substance, a collection of cyanobacteria, is known as an algal bloom.
In simple terms, the demographic dividend is the economic growth that may result from changes to a country’s age structure, due to the shift from people living short lives and having large families to living long lives and having small families.