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Some projections have indicated that on Monday, October 31, 2011, (when many of us celebrate Halloween) the world’s 7 billionth person will be born. Although the exact date isn’t really important, we can be certain that by the end of 2011 there will be 7 billion plus people on this planet. National Geographic is devoting a year of special publications to this population number. Here are some interesting videos they have produced on the topic (unfortunately there may be a short commercial at the beginning of each):

Our students in seventh and eighth grades have been researching the Millennium Development Goals and will soon be posting some info on what they have learned. Do you know about these goals? They are goals with common vision and global commitment. According to the World for World Organization:

We share this small and fragile world with a growing number of our fellow human beings. What happens in one country increasingly affects those who live in other countries. We will not have a safe and secure world unless we react all against poverty, injustice and inequality. We are the first generation that Can Eradicate Poverty. We have the resources. We know what to do. Let’s refuse to miss this opportunity.

From a meeting of world leaders in the year 2000 came the Millennium Development Goals, and the plan to eradicate poverty by the year 2015. Some progress has been made but there is still so much to be done. As a “birthday present” to the 7 billionth human being on the planet, we could make the effort to become aware of these eight goals, support the efforts of corporations and government agencies involved in promoting and advancing the goals, and look for ways that we as individuals can do something to make this world a better place. Click on the image below to visit information about the goals and additional videos to watch compiled by the UN global teaching and learning project CyberSchoolBus.

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~Anne Frank

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not. ~Dr. Seuss

Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something. ~Author Unknown
Article posted October 29, 2011 at 09:04 AM • comment (3) • Reads 136 • Return to Blog List
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Wow! What a thought provoking video. My students really enjoyed watching it and it let me climb up on my soapbox, where I love to lecture from!
I wanted to let you know something - your students wrote lovely responses to mine, and my students wanted to reply. When they cilcked on the initials to link back to the student's blog, they were directed to the main blogmeister page. I don't know why, and they tried to look for the initals by searching the class lists but that was like searching for a needle in a haystack. I know AN was one who commented a lot; I'll send you the initials and if you can direct us to the right class I'll have the kids write back.
Posted November 4, 2011 at 08:21 AM by • Lisa Casey
Posted November 4, 2011 at 08:21 AM by • Lisa Casey
thats amazing about the seven billion people. what is your opinion?
Posted November 4, 2011 at 07:49 AM by • FluffFluff1
Posted November 4, 2011 at 07:49 AM by • FluffFluff1
That is the coolest video!!!!!!!!!!! Oh my gosh, i never knew NAY of the things they mentioned! That is incredible.
Posted November 3, 2011 at 03:09 PM by • MD
Posted November 3, 2011 at 03:09 PM by • MD

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