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How is Population Growth Connected to Advancing Women and Girls?

“Women hold up half the sky,” reads an old Chinese saying. Indeed, women have traditionally been the world’s farmers, child bearers, and caretakers – the backbone of families and societies. And yet, women continue to suffer from gender discrimination in much of the world. This second-class citizenship is detrimental first and foremost to the well-being of women themselves, and is also a major obstacle to advancing economic development, reducing poverty and achieving environmentally sustainable societies.

How is Population Growth Connected to Feeding 10 Billion People?

One of the greatest challenges facing our growing population is how we will feed 10 billion people. As our global family expands by 30 percent in just a little over 30 years, experts expect we will need to double our food production if we are to accommodate both the growing number of people and their changing diets. At the same time, climate change is beginning to affect every aspect of food production, creating a lot of uncertainty about the world’s ability to meet future food needs.

How is Population Growth Connected to Preventing Pollution?

The global community must manage an ever-growing amount of pollution as our population continues to grow by 80+ million people each year, much of it in urban areas. This waste is in the air, on land, and in the water, affecting the climate and our very own well-being. Preserving our environmental quality in the face of a more urbanized, affluent, and energy-dependent world is one of the largest challenges of the 21st century.

7 must-read books for facing gender inequity, hunger, and pollution

The World of 7 Billion student video contest is back for the 2017-2018 school year, and this year’s topics are: Advancing Women and Girls, Feeding 10 Billion, and Preventing Pollution. In preparation for creating their videos, students may consider reading some contemporary books as part of their research to explore these global challenges.

Focus on Solutions: Empowering students to take on global challenges

The World of 7 Billion student video contest encourages students to think critically about the challenges facing the planet today and to take that understanding to the next level through problem solving. One component of the video is to offer a sustainable solution to their chosen global challenge. Students take their newfound knowledge and apply STEM principles to design a sustainable solution to the global challenge and in doing so, begin to think like engineers, scientists, and future policy-makers.

How does Population Growth Impact Ocean Health?

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.

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