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These activities are the foundation of population education. They explore population growth patterns, global demographics through time, population forecasting and the concept of carrying capacity.
Facts and Readings(s):
» History of Population Growth Graphic
A table showing milestones in human population growth.
» How Many is Enough?
An elementary-level reading that addresses carrying capacity.
» Human Population J-Curve
A graph of the exponential growth of humans.
» World Population Video
This seven minute film depicts the history of human population growth and distribution from 1 AD through the present, then projects future growth (at the current rate) to the year 2030.
Eight frames of the video are presented here: the opening in 1 AD; then skipping ahead to 1800, when the population reached the first billion, followed by the years in which the population reached each successive billion; and the closing frame at 2030, showing the 8.2 billion people expected to inhabit the Earth by then if current growth rates continue.
» You're One in Seven Billion
A middle-grades appropriate reading on the history and ecological context of population growth.
Lower Elementary (K-2)
» Population Circle
Upper Elementary (3-5)
» The Stork and the Grim Reaper
Featured ProductNuestro Mundo, Nuestro Futuro (Our World, Our Future)
» Pop Quiz
» Power of the Pyramids
» Stage Stepping
» The Pop Ecology Files
» World Population DVD