jueves, 1 de noviembre de 2012

Peak children - On the future of the planet population.

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Hans Rosling illustrates us on the realities of the world. Dividing the world in developed and developing countries is an obsolete categorization. No matter the religion or ecosystem in which societies live in, there has been a reduction in the number of children per woman in the world. Although population is growing exponentially, Hans Rosling explains to us how he knows that the world population will stop exponential growth: while we are still debating peak oil, the world has reached peak children…
Pretty amazing right? There is also the full version of this explanation, why is it inevitable that we will be 10 Billion in three generations? Hans Rosling explains in an admirable way on what he calls the filling gap. In any case he destroys the wrongly constructed perception that population growth has anything to do with religion, it has to do with children mortality, labor productivity per worker and regulation on child labour, women education and possibility to join the labour force and of course accessibility to family planning.
As a strong believer in the use of reliable data and facts to dispel or confirm opinion based ideas, I think Hans Rosling educational videos should be translated to every language and shown to every secondary student in the world. Look at the shortest TED talk ever and how he manages to explain the idea of economic convergence in less than 60 seconds…

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