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Anticipation/reaction guide

The Population Explosion

Read the statements below. Beside each statement write an A if you think it is true or agree with the statement. Write a B if you disagree with the statement.

  1. The population of the world is shrinking.
  2. By 2050 the population of the world will be approximately 9 billion people.
  3. The population is only growing because people can’t stop having babies.
  4. It is common for people to move to the country when a city becomes too crowded.
  5. Many countries spend aid money on war and weapons rather than feeding or helping the people.
  6. In many places the land can no longer produce or grow crops so people are dying.
  7. Cities use 60% of world water resources but only cover 2% of the land.
  8. Increasing population leads to greater poverty.
  9. By 2015 the largest cities in the world will be Tokyo, Mumbai (India), Lagos (Nigeria), Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Dhaka (Bangladesh).
  10. By improving the wealth of a country the living standards will improve.

Published on: 15 Dec 2010