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.
Near the famous manatees of Kings Bay, PopEd’s second summer institute training was held on the Nature’s Coast of Florida at The Plantation, a 50-year old eco-friendly resort in the town of Crystal River.
Relatively speaking, the world’s oceans are an ecosystem that humans have discovered little about and remain one of the last frontiers of exploration. We harvest many natural resources from our seas and unsustainable fishing practices are pushing numerous fish species to the brink of collapse. The warming of the oceans affects coral, algae, and plankton and puts them at risk of dying out, impacting species up and down the food chain. The effects that humans have on our oceans are not as transparent to us as the impacts we can see in other environments.
The beginning of the school year is an exciting time for everyone. Students are rested and ready to explore new concepts. Teachers are rejuvenated from the summer and full of new ideas for their class. This back-to-school excitement extends to Population Education as well!
In our blog post “What is the Demographic Dividend?” we explored the benefits that may result when a country’s age structure changes due to falling birth rates. But keep in mind that while lower fertility is a precondition for the demographic dividend to happen, the actual benefits are largely dependent on a country’s social, economic, and political environment.
A Look at South Korea’s Demographic Transition
This year, the Olympics opening ceremony highlighted climate change and the impact of global warming on the planet to a worldwide, primetime audience – a message that echoed throughout the games in different ways.
There are 145 calendar days left in 2016, and today marks the day that our population will have used all the natural and ecological resources that our planet can renew in a whole year.