The People Bomb

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The People Bomb was a CNN film from 1992 that focuses on the many issues of economics and health due to the continuing swell of human population. The video examines the growth patterns of the population boom, which some countries are at the greatest risk, and what can be done to help. The video emphasizes the estimate that at the current population growth rate, there will be over three times the number of people on the earth at the end of the 21st century as there were at the beginning. This estimate was made nine years ago so I can only assume the numbers are worse now.

There are many approaches discussed throughout the video to help the overpopulation issue. In the first part of the video they showed how a very poor family in Nepal was contributing to overpopulation a lot less than a wealthier family in America due to waste and the large amount of goods consumed by the American family. They suggest recycling more for a start. They emphasize that if Americans used less recourses on a daily basis, it would help the problem. Some health workers in Ethiopia are trying to educate people about family planning by making house calls and teaching sexual responsibility and contraception at schools. Habib Humman stated, “More than 350 children die every day. If a jumbo jet carrying 350 passengers were to crash in the Himalayas, it will make headline news.” This suggests that we need to spread this terrible information with a more powerful force because these children are dying silently. Spreading information is the biggest key to saving our planet from overpopulation.

In India between 1975 and 1977, the government put many of their citizens through a horrific program of forced sterilization. They tricked thousands of people into being painfully sterilized so that they could prevent the reproduction and multiplication of members of the population considered to be carriers of defective genetic traits and to reduce the population growth rate. In my opinion this is a...
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