Population Issues

Hi Everyone,

On this beautiful Friday morning, we started off with a look at prefixes and suffixes, and how they can expand our vocabulary. Generally, using a prefix changes the meaning of a word (to its opposite), and using a suffix changes the form of the word (noun to adjective, etc.).

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Today, we focused on suffixes -ant, -ent, -er, -or, -ian, and -ist , which we use to signify one who does something. This table below has some examples:Image result for er, ant, ist suffixesWe also talked about the suffixes -ary, -ery, -ory, and -ry which often mean “a place where” . For example: a winery, a factory, cemetery, a library, and a conservatory. Here are the answers to the practice we did in class.

Today’s topic was looking at a wide range of global issues from environmental to political to social and everything in between. We focused on our growing global population. With more than 7.3 billion people on earth, there are lots of problems and opportunities. We took a look at three living spaces and communities.Image result for city suburb countryWe described the characteristics of the environment, the people, and the lifestyles. Most of us are city dwellers, but a few are also suburban and rural dwellers. We took a look at the World Population Clock which keeps a real time count of the global population and also has some information about population in countries around the world. The we watch this video from National Geographic which is about our world population and where we will all be living in the future.

According to this video global population has grown from 2 billion in 1930 to 7 billion in 2011 (that’s about 80 years!!). And in 2045 (about 30 years from now) the population could be 9 billion!! WOW! People are also living longer, and by 2050, 70% of us will be living in mega cities/ urban areas. We discussed what this might be like and how we would cope with it in the future. Some of you described projects in your own countries that are occurring right now with private and government partnerships. But, lots more needs to be done.The future will indeed be a very interesting and challenging time for us all, but, with technology and great minds and hearts we will be able to face this. 

Words of the day

profusion (noun) : a large amount of something                                                                  At my friends wedding last month, there was a profusion of beautiful flowers, it looked like a garden.

slum (noun) : an area of a city where poor people live and the buildings are in bad condition                                                                                                                                   He grew up in the slums of New York City.

gentrify (verb) : to change (a place, such as an old neighborhood) by improving it and making it more appealing to people who have money                                               The Seaport neighborhood in Boston was recently gentrified, and the old waterfront has been replaced with modern apartment buildings, offices, stores and restaurants.

Remember to relax and practice!


Don’t forget to look up tonight and see the Harvest Moon!