Interactive Labs

Demographics Lab

Lessons > Social Impacts > Step 2

Now, we'll look at Brazil and Indonesia. Predict the shape of each pyramid and record it in your Data Table. Then predict the birth and death rates as well as the percentage of population growth in 2050 and record your prediction.

  1. What are the most obvious similarities and differences between these two countries? What might account for the differences?
  2. Brazil and Indonesia are home to the greatest tropical rainforests on Earth. In what ways might their population stories affect the rest of the world?
  3. The United States, Canada, and Russia are three other countries with unusually generous shares of the world's natural resources. What are the parallels between their resources and those of Brazil and Indonesia?