On October 31, 2011, the 7th billionth person was born (give or take six months according to United Nations demographer Gerhard Heilig). It seems like it was just 1999 when we were a mere 6 billion.

Arriving amidst global recessions, this news may sound a bit scary (apropos for Halloween) but it doesn’t have to be. Hint: It is not about the volume. Watch this video by National Geographic and when you’re done check out the United Nations Population Fund’s 7 Billion Actions for inspiration from individuals and organizations around the world.