Mother: Caring for 7 Billion

Synopsis: Mother, the film, breaks a 40-year taboo by bringing to light an issue that silently fuels our largest environmental, humanitarian and social crises - population growth. Since the 1960s the world population has nearly doubled, adding more than 3 billion people. At the same time, talking about population has become politically incorrect because of the sensitivity of the issues surrounding the topic- religion, economics, family planning and gender inequality. The film illustrates both the over consumption and the inequity side of the population issue by following Beth, a mother, a child-rights activist and the last sibling of a large American family of twelve, as she discovers the thorny complexities of the population dilemma and highlights a different path to solve it.
Genre: Documentary, News
Director(s): Christophe Fauchere
Production: Ayngaran International
60 min

The type of world in which

our ancestors lived for

hundreds of thousands of years

women probably had four to

six children in a lifetime.

Half of those children would die

before they could reproduce.

So the only thing we can

be sure about

in human population studies

is that for the last 100,000 years,

people on average,

had two children to succeed them.

Or there would have been a population

explosion a thousand years ago.

In just the last nanosecond

of human history,

which began ten thousand years ago

with the advent of agriculture,

we began to change the way

we looked at the earth;

something that we separated

ourselves from.

It is the basis for our

civilization today.

We have spread notions

of proper sanitization

as we have vaccinated for diseases,

as we have provided for famine relief

and basic levels of health care,

we see an unintended consequence

of our best intentions.

By adding fossil fuels

to our agriculture,

we have allowed population

to simply skyrocket.

Almost 100 million babies will come

into the world this year.

The rate increases.

More babies mean finally,

still more babies.

When these have reached

the age of 40

the world will have doubled

its numbers.

Helpless, harmless infants.

In the 1960's,

population was growing at an

unprecedented rate,

the highest in human history;

as famine developed in South Asia

spreading fear to the rest

of the planet.

these are harsh words.

They serve to describe the

coming crisis

in population and food supply

that's aptly called

the "population explosion.

I started talking about

the population issue

because it hadn't been discussed.

People had not made the connection

between what was happening

to the environment

and the fact that our population

was growing like a skyrocket

and that's where "The Population

Bomb came from.

Ann and I wrote it in about

5 weeks of evenings.

It was a political track basically.

The world started grasping the

urgency of the situation.

Advocacy groups, such as

Zero Population Growth,

emerged in the US in the 1960s.

For the first time,

population growth was linked

as a major factor

responsible for the global

environmental crisis,

at the first Earth Day in 1970.

Probably, the burning

of fossil fuels, right?

Probably cars, I would imagine.





That's like the main thing,

in my opinion.

Oh, people.

Oh, people.

The number of people.

- OK, that's true.

- People are consuming.

We're growing.

40 years later,

the environmental message

has not changed.

Apart from a few persistent groups,

population growth is barely

being mentioned.

It's as if the issue has been diluted

among all the others;

even though population growth

and human consumption

are the major factors

in our on-going environmental crisis.


About... uh... 1 billion.

- Maybe over a billion?

- Yeah.

What do you think the population

of the planet is today?


A lot more.

It was 3.7 billion...

in 1970,

and now it's 6.8 billion.


Way off.

The problem is not that

we haven't had

an environmental movement

and that not that some

effective things

haven't been done.

It's a big cultural change,

but not fast enough.

Since the first Earth Day we have had

a fivefold increase in recycling,

yet, we are producing more

trash than we did in 1970.

And this is pretty well

agreed upon today

by conservation biologists

and ecologists,

people who study this...

as we spread out we

disrupt habitat

whether we destroy it or

simply disrupt it,

it is eliminating species

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