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Danica Camacho is cuddled by her mother Camille moments after she was born as they are wheeled out of the delivery room at Fabella Hospital in Manila, Philippines, Monday, Oct. 31, 2011. The Philippines, ranked the 12th most populated country in the world, joins the rest of the world as it welcomes its symbolic 7 billionth baby. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
FRONT ROYAL, Va. (AP) -- The UN estimates that the world's
population is climbing past seven billion for the first time today.
But instead of sounding the alarm, Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute says, "I think we ought to light a candle on a birthday cake and sing Happy Birthday to baby seven billion."
Mosher notes that the Bible calls children "a blessing from the Lord," and he's the father of nine.
While poverty creates challenges, Mosher says people on average
are living longer and healthier lives than ever.
Rather than seeing people as mere consumers of the Earth's resources, he says "every stomach comes with two hands attached,
and every mouth is backed by a creative intelligence" that can leave the world a better place.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)