The Condition of World Population

Hi Everyone,

Well, as we look ahead to the last few months of this year, it seems like a good time to get to some more serious topics in class.

We began today with a brief review and practice of first conditional and second conditional. The first conditional is used when something is likely to happen and the second conditional is used when something is much less likely to happen. So take a look at today’s handout of these two conditionals, their structure and use and examples First and Second Conditionals Review and Practice

Now for today’s topic – Over 7 Billion People in the World and Where Do We Fit In?         We started our discussion by listing some socio-economic characteristics used to describe who we are. Then we included physical characteristics and tried to determine who is the average or typical person. We watched this video 50 People, 1 Question : London which asks random people on the streets of London “Where would you want to wake up?”. The video presents a wide cross-section of people and answers , take another look at the video again here 

The most common answer in the video to the question was “in my own bed at home”, which oddly enough was the most common answer in our class too!

After the population reached 7 Billion people in 2011, National Geographic began a study about where population growth is happening and why. What would be the impact on food, water, and other resources and who is the most typical person. We tried to guess the answers to who is the most typical person and did a good job. Here is the video Who is the most typical person? 

After watching the video we talked about issues related to this growing global population and what worries us about the growth in population. Then we talked about what could we do to help cope with and manage the growth. Thanks everyone for your smart and thoughtful contributions to this discussion. I think we all agreed that little by little we can make change happen, and make lives better!

Words of the day

harvest (verb) : to gather a crop                                                                                                        In the Fall, many farmers gather fruits, grains, and vegetables to store for the winter months.

hub (noun) : the central and most active part or place                                                                  Some people may consider Back Bay to be the hub of the city of Boston.  

globalize (verb) : to make something cover, involve, or affect the entire world                          More and more people are thinking about how population has become globalized and is now an important social and economic issue.     

Have a great weekend and remember to relax and practice!!