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The Ruth Institute, November 15, 2022

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The United Nations’ Population Division predicts we’ll hit 8 billion people on November 15, 2022.

Some say there are already too many of us. We disagree. Without apology or equivocation, we welcome Baby 8 Billion.

With falling fertility around the world, we need babies now more than ever. Elon Musk said, “If people don’t have more children, civilization will crumble.”

Though we’ll watch the World Population Clock to see it hit 8 billion, it’s impossible to know exactly who Baby 8 Billion will be, or when he or she will be born. Maybe Baby 8 Billion will be a boy in Nigeria, arriving precisely on November 15 at midnight Greenwich Mean Time, or a girl in the Philippines a few days earlier. Perhaps twins in France will push us over the mark several days later. No matter. We address this letter to all the babies born this November.

Dear Baby Number 8 Billion,

We’re glad you’re here. In fact, we’re so happy, we want to thank your mother and father for bringing you into the world. …