For many decades, it was thought that the biggest crisis facing humanity was a rapidly growing population. Since then, demographers have come to realize that although a growing population creates challenges, world population growth is actually slowing down, to the point where we can begin to foresee a time when population growth will level off, and may in fact decline. Furthermore, it's resource consumption, particularly by the wealthiest 1 billion, that is driving the problems we face.

World Population Through Time (6:24)


Hans Rosling: Global Population Growth, Box by Box
(TED: 10:15)

Why the world's population will not exceed 11 billion
TGS.org 16min - 2015 but stillrelevant

Mapping global population growth to 2060
(The Economist: 2:46)

World's Population Hits Eight Billion
The Project - 3min

The World as 100 People

The World as 100 People

If the World were 100 people

If the World were a village of 100 people

Demographic Trends

Gapminder Data Portal

Bubble Chart  |  Dollar Street  |  Maps  |  Answers  |  Videos

World Population Growth

Two centuries of rapid global population growth will come to an end (OurWorldInData)

Global Demographic Trends (IMF)

5 Undeniable Long-Term Trends Shaping Society’s Future (Visual Capitalist)


Mapping the World’s Youngest and Oldest Countries
(Visual Capitalist)

Overpopulation: The Human Explosion Explained (6:39)

7 Billion: Filling it up (2:33)

Excellent population and resources lessons for educators:

Nations United: Urgent Solutions for Urgent Times (34min)

Malthus, population and the resource base (8:43)

Time Series: Population Density

(Our World In Data)

Wiki: Population Increase 2010-2015

How does the world population clock tick?
AAS   |   World Pop'n Clock

China's Population

Key facts about China's declining population
Pew Research Article

China's population falls for the first time since 1961
BBC News 3:21

China's shrinking population
France24 4min

The consequences of China's declining population
DW 12min

How population growth impacts the planet
(Resources focus from AAS)

Where to put the next billion people (Nature: 2:11)

Why the world population will not exceed 11 billion
(Hans Rosling -  Think Global School)

Cultural Diversity Around the World (PEW)

Population Pyramids and the Demographic Transition Model (DTM)

Population Pyramids
(TED Ed 5:01)

Population Pyramids
(Geography Lesson 3:45)


Interactive pyramids and data for every country over decades

The Demography of World Population, 1950-2100 (OurWorldInData)

Animated Chart: China’s Aging Population (1950-2100) (Visual Capitalist)

Thailand and Rwanda Age Structure Comparison
(PRB 3:28)

Qatar - the world's weirdest population pyramid (2:20)

The Demographic Transition Model explained
(Geography Lessons 4:36)

The Demographic Transition Model - Interactive ArcGIS Story

Indicators of Quality of Life has been moved to the new page Development → 

The Emerging Global Middle Class

The unprecedented expansion of the global middle class
Brookings Institute

A global tipping point: Half the world is now middle class or wealthier (Brookings Institute)

Hans Rosling: The Magic Washing Machine
(YouTube 9min)

The Global Middle Class is Growing (PEW 2min)

Reshaping China's Economy: Middle class and economic transformation

The Rising Middle Class Transforming Filipino Society (TheJourneyman 6:27)

The BRIC Countries
(Geography Lessons  4:15)


World Migration

Migration and Refugees

World101: Migration Explained (4:11)

Charting Culture (Nature: 5:36)


Environmental Migration (Lespace mondiale SciencesPo)

Migrant Remittances
(Lespace mondiale SciencesPo)

Displaced Persons
(Lespace mondiale SciencesPo)

Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking
ArcGIS Story Map

Human Trafficking
UNODC Website

What is human trafficking?
Anti-Slavery.org Website

Myths, Facts & Statistics
Polaris Institute Website

The Flesh Trade, Part 1
Global News 4:47

The Flesh Trade, Part 2
Global News 4:07

The Girls Groomed in Romania for the UK
BBC News 13min

Human Trafficking 101
Unbound Now 13min