As of March 2016, the world’s population was estimated as 7, 400 000 000.
32 countries have more than 40 million people.
13 countries have more than 100 million people.
China has over 1 billion 300 million people.
India has over 1 billion 200 million people.
More than 6000 languages are spoken throughout the world.
325,600,000 people do not have food security – they do not know where their next meal is coming from.
103,600,000 people are seriously undernourished or always hungry.
96,200,000 people do not have access to fresh water, or have to spend most of the day finding some.
236,800,000 people have to breathe in air that seriously affects their health.
More males are taught to read than females.
These numbers are so big that it’s not very easy to understand. It is difficult to understand what the world looks like and where people come from. In 4M, we have been learning a lot about statistics, fractions, decimals and percentages in mathematics this term, so we have made the population of the world into a village of 100 people. In this example, 1 person in the village is representing 71 million people. Let’s take a closer look at this village…
There are 195 different nationalities all around the world but when we narrow it down, there are only 6 nationalities including Asia, Africa, Europe, South and Central America, the US and Canada and Oceania.
In the global village, there are almost 6000 languages, but more than half of the villagers speak 8 main languages.
Most people in the village are aged between 20-60. What does this mean for the future?
There are a lot of Religions in the village, like Hindu, Christian, Muslim and more. Everyone believes in different things and prays to different people, and 15 people don’t believe in anything at all.
What is the village going to look like in the future? The village is growing at a rate of around 1.15 people per year. This means that by the year 2150, there will be 250 people in the village. This number is important because experts think that the maximum amount of people that the village can support is 250. After this, the village’s resources will begin to run out.
Remember, this village that we are talking about is the world. If we don’t do something about improving the world’s sustainability, the world will be ruined in 140 years. Luckily, groups like the United Nations are working hard to make sure that this doesn’t happen. Their goal is a global village in which food, shelter and other necessities are basic rights for all.
Have a think about what YOU can do today to make a difference!
Write a comment below about something you and your class or you and your family can do to help make the world a better and more equal place.