Hans Rosling, a world renowned statistician and public speaker, uses toy blocks to explain global poverty, overpopulation, unequal distribution of wealth, and climate change.
Using Legos to highlight global inequities, Rosling breaks down these complex issues in the four-minute-long video.
Rosling stacks and unstacks the blocks, illustrating the unequal distribution of wealth between the developed and the developing world. The statistician, who helped found Medecins Sans Frontieres in Sweden, contends that the very poor make up a smaller proportion of global population now than 50 years ago, but in terms of numbers nothing has changed.
He goes on to address how climate change and the unabated carbon emissions from developed countries are one of the root causes of global poverty. “To alleviate global poverty the developed world must adapt to less carbon use,” he says.
If and when that happens, he adds, "The old western world will just be the foundation of the modern world.”
Let’s hope he’s right.
Watch the video for yourself: