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.
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