Global Life Expectancy

How much has global life expectancy changed over the past 300 years?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What is most surprising about this information?

  3. What is the big picture this chart tells?

  4. What are three causes of the change in life expectancy?

  5. What are two consequences of the change in life expectancy?

  6. Is this all good news?

  7. On average, how long did your great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great (you get the drift-I'm taking you back to 1322) grandparents live?

  8. How different do you think this chart will look in 100 more years? in 1000?

  9. Are we at the end of mortality - in other words, could life expectancy continue to increase so much that we no longer have to worry about death?

  10. If we could defeat death, would that be a good thing?

  11. Imagine you were the president of the United States of America. In the comments section, list the one policy you could implement that would do the most to increase life expectancy across the globe.

Learning Extension

Read this National Geographic article about Blue Zones (areas of the world where people live very long and healthy lives) and steps you can take to increase your own life expectancy.

Action Extension

Research suggests that by sitting fewer than three hours a day, you could add an extra two years to your lifespan. If you're lonely in this country, it takes about eight years off your life expectancy as compared with the most connected people. If you join a group, your chance of dying in the next year is cut in half! Use the Blue Zone Life Expectancy Calculator to find out how long you will live, then follow 3 of their recommendations to increase your life expectancy.


Bonus Image

Did you know that pictures of cute baby animals (is there any other kind?) make you happier and live longer? Try this one on for size?

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