Lottery of birth
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4.2 Thinking point: optimism or pessimism

Hans Rosling’s opinions are quite controversial and there has been lots of debate over whether his figures and forecasts are valid. The next activity will give you an opportunity to reflect on his comments and consider your own views on population change.

Activity 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, inequality more widely, 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 will think about choices in relation to reproduction.

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