Florence Blondel, Content and Campaigns Specialist with Population Matters, is a seasoned reporter with extensive travel experience in rural Uganda. She seeks to amplify the voices of girls and women, advocate for environmental sustainability, and catalyze meaningful action using the power of digital spaces.
Recently, the UN has been revising the peak world population downward despite revising recent growth upward. Other demographic groups project even lower peaks. All have been overestimating fertility decline and underestimating population growth so far this century. The delusion that the peak is already baked into the pie downplays the need for greater family planning efforts. Over-optimistic projections are in danger of becoming self-defeating prophesies, as complacency leads to even greater population overshoot.