Population Boom

Population Boom

DVD - 2015
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Werner Boote traverses the globe with a World Bank umbrella to examine the myths and facts about overpopulation. He speaks with everyone from demographic researchers to environmental activists, and comes to a surprising conclusion. It isn't overpopulation that threatens humanity's existence. Rather, it is the developed world's patterns of over-consumption and constant pursuit of immediate profit that looms over the future.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2015]
ISBN: 9786315881923
Branch Call Number: 304.6 POPULATION
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Jul 31, 2017

Werner Boote (narrator, writer, and director) travels to various countries around the world and has discussions with a range of leaders, activists, and common folks to explore the question: 'How many people are too many [for the Earth to sustain itself and presumably, in a way that is healthy and productive for its inhabitants]?' Although I felt this film somewhat lacked a substantive and insightful discussion on this persistent question relative to other subjects like on food nutrition and agribusiness, industry practices, and ag policies which have an abundance of information that I have seen, what it did succeed in was to at least begin this conversation. It seems part of the reason for the lack of depth in the subject matter was that the leaders (as a broad term) that were interviewed seemed more concerned about anchoring their positions, and then there was just a general lack of clarity in the film's thesis; so it seems, there needs to be discussions with a broader group of people who have a more objective view of and possess material information that can substantiate this subject in order for the viewers to grasp a better understanding of the issues. The narrator made a remark that I thought raised more questions than it answered: He posited that if you placed the world's population (7 billion in 2015) in Austria, that everyone could fit within that country with 11 sq. meters allotted to each person and the rest of the world would be empty [of people], then he ended that statement with, 'The idea of overpopulation is nothing more than an excuse, a cheap excuse of doing nothing.' Perhaps I missed something, but honestly I just didn't quite understand this idea because his line of reasoning, if I understand it correctly, doesn't take into account quality of life (starting with basics essentials like shelter, sanitation, infrastructure, etc) of which he enjoys, the practicalities in the ability to raise and harvest food with 11 sq. meters to spare, as a start, and there's a large presumption that every sq. meter of the country's geography is habitable, etc. What was clear was that people were having difficulties discussing this subject, including the narrator, and thus an obstacle in finding cooperative and effective ways to address this and its associated issues, all as we become more ever-aware of time passing by. And what I am also aware of is that there are tangible conflicts occurring throughout the world because of a need for space and natural resources and consumption thereof, so I do believe this is a necessary discussion to have for the consideration of all of its inhabitants to strike a workable, sustainable, and healthier balance in our relationship with ourselves, with each other, and with everything else. I further believe that what happened on Easter Island is not an aberration.


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