Throughout human existence we have relied on oceans for many things: food, recreation, medicine, economic opportunities, among many others. They play a significant role as both the world’s largest habitat and its climate regulator. However, the world’s oceans have suffered a lot at the hands of humans and population growth has increasingly compounded the problem by pushing oceans to their limits and altering ecosystems beyond their natural state.
Like many Americans today, I am still processing how life in our country will be different with a President Trump. It remains to be seen how he will govern and how his priorities expressed in the campaign will manifest themselves in new national policy.
In just 50 years, the world’s population has more than doubled to over 7.4 billion people. That’s more than 7.4 billion bodies that need to be fed, clothed, and kept warm, all requiring a large amount of energy. Alongside this consumption, these 7.4 billion people are also producing vast quantities of waste. Consequently, the demand for energy and the production of waste are significant producers of greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.
Since 1948, October 24 has been celebrated as United Nations Day, a chance to focus on global cooperation, peace and now, sustainability. For this anniversary, the UN is focusing on “concrete actions people can take to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an ambitious set of 17 goals adopted last year to improve the lives of people around the globe and protect our shared ecosystems.
America’s parks are considered one of our country’s national treasures so it’s a fitting tribute that the theme of this year’s Geography Awareness Week is “Explore the Power of Parks.” And parks are just that – powerful. Parks have the power to bring people together, connect us with nature, and offer peace and beauty for all who visit. But our park lands serve a more utilitarian task as well.
India is a large and diverse country that adds about 19 million people to its population every year and contributes more to annual world population growth than any other country. Did you know that India is the world’s most populous democracy? Take our India population quiz to learn more about this ancient country filled with diverse ethnic, linguistic, geographic, religious, and demographic features.
One of the most common misconceptions about population growth is that a population stops growing once replacement level fertility is reached (a roughly 2-child average). In fact, due to population momentum, a country’s population can continue growing for another 70 years once replacement level fertility is reached.
The World of 7 Billion student video contest is back, and the topics for 2016-2017 are: Climate Change, Ocean Health, and Rapid Urbanization. In preparation for creating their videos, students may consider reading some contemporary books as part of their research to explore the issues.
Every year during the last week of September, the American Library Association celebrates Banned Books Week, encouraging people to read works of literature that have been challenged throughout history by censors who considered them profane, inappropriate, or radical. The ALA defines a “challenge” as an attempt to remove a book from libraries or school curricula; a “ban” is when that book is successfully removed, preventing individuals in that community from easily accessing and reading it.