If the World Were 100 People

This exploration of critical world issues begins with a pretest to assess understanding of topics including water scarcity, food resources, energy availability, and the distribution of wealth. Statistics will be brought to life as students create visual representations of the concentration of world resources. Why does the distribution of wealth remain so lopsided?  What factors determine who falls into the “haves” versus the “have-nots?” Using their skills in visual arts and digital media, students archive their work on iPads so the images can spark discussion with peers throughout the year.

Faculty: Joe Riehl - World Issues 8

Dates Offered

January 18, 2019
March 8, 2019

Explore More

Interested in exploring this topic more deeply?

  • Go to: This statistical snapshot shows the world as 100 people. The 100people website includes a vast array of videos and information.

  • At home: The world is full of fascinating people and places. National Geographic's website is a wonderful place for families to browse for videos, articles, photographs and more.

Day trip: Now look under the seas. IMAX movie Oceans: Our Blue Planet opens at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science September 7, 2018

Why 100?

Planet Earth is now home to more than 7.5 billion people. It’s hard to even conceive of a number that big. By imagining a world with just 100 people and then describing world characteristics proportionately, bit data becomes relatable. A simple but powerful tool to help middle school students begin to understand the vast and diverse world around them.