The lottery of birth
The lottery of birth

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The lottery of birth

4.1.8 Thinking point: optimism or pessimism

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Hans Rosling’s opinions are quite controversial and there has been lots of debate over whether his figures and forecasts are valid.

Activity 4.1

Having listened to the views of Hans Rosling, what do you think?

  • Do you agree that we don’t actually have to worry about population growth?
  • Why? Because of individual decisions people can and do make or because of the trends within the countries they live in – or both?
  • How important do you think it is to simultaneously address other big issues such as gender inequality (which you looked at in Week 3), inequality more widely (which you looked at in Weeks 2 and 3), or perhaps there is something else that we should be more concerned about, such as climate change?

Write a paragraph explaining your views.

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In the next section, you’ll move on to hear from some leading thinkers about inequality and the lottery of birth in the twenty-first century.


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