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10 challenges created by a population boom

By: Robynne Boyd on July 10, 2015, 4:50 p.m.
Joshua Wong shouts as tens of thousands of protesters called for real universal suffrage during a march for democracy in Hong Kong.

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Billions of potential

Buckminster Fuller said, "We are called to be the architects of our future, not its victims. With more young people living in the world today than ever before, the potential to build an equitable, sustainable, livable future for all is great. These 1.8 billion youth are dreaming, learning, hoping and stretching their skills. Statistics about poverty, gender equality, dispersion and disasters can be daunting. But, the future is not set. It's reimagined by people like Malala Yousafzai who boldly defend the right to equality in education. It is re-envisioned by people like Erik Finman who founded Botangle.com, a tutoring site that connects students with instructors around the world. And it is restructured by people like Joshua Wong (at right), an activist and voice of the Hong Kong Pro Democracy Movement. A different and better future — that is the power of 1.8 billion.