Maya’s Mysteries: Earth’s Big Family

Earth’s Big Family


Wow! There are about 7.3 billion people on Earth. If every person on the planet stood fingertip to fingertip around the equator, we’d circle the Earth nearly 290 times! Our human family is enormous! We’re also diverse in looks, culture, and climate. People live in freezing Arctic villages and in the typically hot Saudi Arabian desert. We have an amazing variety of food, music, art, clothes, and customs. With all those people, I’m sure to make friends wherever I go.

That’s a lot of people to share Earth’s resources, too. We have to work together to make sure there’s a fair share for everyone. Caring for our planet and its creatures will make the world better for our whole global family. Test your knowledge about Earth’s fascinating people.

 

Global Family Facts
 

Test your knowledge about Earth’s fascinating people. Choose your answers, then add your points.

1. There are about 200 countries on Earth.

O  True         O   False

 

2. Women and men earn the same pay for the same work in 35 countries.

O  True         O   False

 

3. People under 15 make up about one-fourth of Earth’s population.

O  True         O   False

 

4. Every minute, about 250 babies are born.

O  True         O   False

 

5. Tokyo, Japan, is the world’s most populated urban area with 38 million people.

O  True         O   False

 

6. About 58 million kids aren’t able to go to elementary school, due to poverty, war, and other injustices. 

O  True         O   False

 

7. ¡Hola! Bonjour! Ni hao! People speak about 3,000 different languages on Earth.

O  True         O   False

 

8. We have enough food in the world, but it’s not fairly distributed. About 795 million people don’t have enough to eat.

O  True         O   False

 

9. About 1.8 billion people in the world use contaminated drinking water.

O  True         O   False

 

10. China and Russia both have more than 1 billion people.

O  True         O   False

 

11. There are about 30 megacities in the world—urban areas with populations over 10 million.

O  True         O   False

 

12. The United States has a population of about 322 million.

O  True         O   False

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Answers: 1) True, 2) False—There is no country where women earn the same as men, 3) True, 4) True, 5) True, 6) True, 7) False—It’s 7,000 languages, 8) True, 9) True, 10) False—China and India both have more than 1 billion people. Though Russia is much larger in area, its population is about 144 million, 11) True, 12) True

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