Showing posts with label world population. Show all posts
Showing posts with label world population. Show all posts

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The World of 7 Billion - A Student Video Contest

The World of 7 Billion is an annual video contest designed to get students to think about issues related to population growth. The contest asks middle school and high school students to produce sixty second videos about how population growth impacts one of the following three issues; climate change, ocean health, or rapid urbanization. Students' videos must also propose a sustainable solution to the issues that they choose to highlight in their videos. Submissions are due by February 23, 2017.

Applications for Education
Creating a video for the World of 7 Billion contest could be a good opportunity for students to incorporate and demonstrate their understanding of topics that they have studied in science and in geography. The 60 second limit on the videos will force students to be concise.

A set of free resources for teaching students about issues related to population growth is available from Population Education, the sponsors of this contest.

If your students have Chromebooks or Windows laptops, I recommend using WeVideo or Adobe Spark to create videos for this contest. In a Mac or iPad environment, I would use iMovie. Click here for my longer list of video creation resources.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

What Is Needed for 7 Billion People?

Earlier today I shared three ways to look at the world as a village. Those infographics try to help us see the world in numbers that we can relate to. On the opposite end of the spectrum we have to consider the challenges posed by a global population that now exceeds seven billion people. The National Geographic video embedded below gives a quick overview of how the population grew to nearly 7 billion and the challenges presented by a population of 7 billion.

Applications for Education
Before showing the video to your students you might want to share a couple of other National Geographic videos that attempt to help us understand how big seven billion really is. One of those National Geographic videos is about the space needed to host a party for seven billion people. How Big Is 7 Billion? video attempts to put seven billion into terms we can relate to. After watching all of these short videos ask your students to develop and propose their own responses to the challenges presented by a growing population.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

7 Billion Actions - The Stories Behind 7 Billion People

7 Billion Actions is a campaign of the United Nations Population Fund to build awareness of the challenges and opportunities that accompany our growing global population. One element of the 7 Billion Actions campaign is a set of population data analysis tools for the public. The 7 Billion Actions Explore Your World tools enable users to compare demographic, economic, and social data sets related to population change. The video below provides a demonstration of one of the ways that you can use the Explore Your World data analysis tools.

Another aspect of 7 Billion Actions that teachers may want students to explore is the Stories section in which people all over the world can share their stories related issues of population change.

The campaign resources section of 7 Billion Actions has a handful of videos addressing issues related to population growth. One of those videos is embedded below.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Where Are You In the 7 Billion? Find Out Here

Earlier today, I posted a couple of resources from NPR and National Geographic for teaching students how the world's population grew to 7 billion and what that means for the world. Just a few minutes ago I discovered another neat resource dedicated to the topic of the population reaching 7 billion.

The World at Seven Billion is an interactive resource from the BBC that you can use to determine approximately when you were born relative to the other seven billion people on Earth. To find out what your number is, just enter your birthday and press "go." Your number is determined using the UN Population Fund's data.

The World at Seven Billion can also be used to see how quickly your country is growing or shrinking by the hour, day, and year. The World at Seven Billion also provides life expectancy data based on your home country.