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It's Not Space We Need - It's Balance

As we welcome the 7 billionth person to our planet in the fall of 2011, this video offers some arresting facts to put it in perspective:

How much is 7 billion? It would take 200 years just to count to 7 billion out loud.

Every second 5 people are born and 2 people die.

It's not space we need - it's balance.

5% of us consume 23% of the world's energy. 13% don't have clean drinking water.

So welcome little one, the 7 billionth person wherever you are. I hope we can do better than this by the time the 8 billionth baby show up around 2025.

--Bibi Farber

This video was produced by National Geographic