His 102 Today and Beyond Recording (TMC 2012-13)

Category: Education

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A brief look at the changes evident in today's world, especially compared with the previous 500 years, and some speculations on the problems and possibilities facing the world in the future. For Thomas More college.


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Today & Beyond:

Today & Beyond Shifts in World History

Challenges & Revolutions:

Challenges & Revolutions New revolutions are going to center around resources, population, and energy Pre-Contemporary World revolutions: Ideas! Industrial Revolution Enlightenment & Renaissance Nationalist & Anti-Colonial Revolutions Space! “Scramble for Africa” Asian colonies WWI

Benefits of Increased Mechanization:

Benefits of I ncreased Mechanization “Shrunken” world Communications, travel Closer economic ties Wider supply chain Longer lives Medicine Immunization Food Nutrition, amount Convenience Labor Less energy output per person Spare time leisure

Life Expectancy:

Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy:

Life Expectancy

Child Mortality:

Child Mortality

Downside of Globalization:

Downside of Globalization Increasing disparity Resource allocation ‘developed’ v. ‘developing’ v. ‘undeveloped’ countries Food Water Energy Wealth Levels of Pollution Use v. Responsibility Who is affected most? Population increase Global tragedy possible

PowerPoint Presentation:

CO2 levels

Pollution & Its Effects:

Pollution & Its Effects Air Pollution Cause of Chronic illnesses Asthma, Emphysema, etc. Climate change Acid Rain Water Pollution Cause of Water-borne illnesses Cholera, dysentery, Typhus Wildlife depletion Combined with over-fishing Land pollution Cause if Birth defects* Cancers* Soil depletion

World Hunger:

World Hunger

Ideological Struggles:

Ideological Struggles Many ‘Emerging’ countries (China, India) struggle with philosophical, political problems China: Pro-Democracy protesters (dissidents) can be jailed, forced into prisons India: Hindu nationalists often target, attack non-Hindu minorities and income disparity is rampant Russia: Political corruption, rigged elections commonplace Brazil: Limited access to education in countryside, favelas

Social Media & The World:

Social Media & The World Changes in communication shaped Atlantic revolutions, Industrial Revolution, World Wars Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest open people to the world Control of information important to all governments, holders of power Wikileaks ? Anonymous? Who SHOULD control information? Who CAN?

Population by the Numbers:

Population by the Numbers 1000 CE 300,000,000 people world-wide Europe & Africa < 100,000,000 combined 1800 1,000,000,000 people world-wide Most live in China, India 1924 2,000,000,000 people world-wide Population doubled in less than 125 years 1975 4,000,000,000 people world-wide Population doubled in 50 years 2011 7,000,000,000 people world-wide Less than 200 years to grow by 6 billion

Population Levels:

Population Levels

Population Levels:

Population Levels

Other Concerns & Possibilities:

Other Concerns & Possibilities Net Negative Increase in international terrorism Increase in resource competition Increase in corporate power Net positive Increased communication grows awareness Increased connectivity means people matter Increased education opens creates new problem solvers

Food for Thought:

Food for Thought Think about how the ‘revolutions’ and challenges of the past have affected the status quo What challenges to emerging economies face? Are they the same as what the older economies faced? What does this mean for Europe and America as “Old” economies?

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