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Mother: Caring for Seven Billion

Alternative title
Mother: Caring for 7 Billion
Synopsis
Since the 1960s world population has nearly doubled and now tops seven billion. Population growth, though little discussed, is putting an unprecedented burden on the planet’s life systems. This film brings to light the connection between overpopulation and the most pressing environmental and humanitarian problems, as well as the solutions.

It begins with an animated timeline of population growth over the last 500,000 years with key historical references, then looks at the how the population issue first arrived on the public agenda in the 1960s, and reviews the various ways in which population impacts the global environment.

The second part of the film follows Beth, an American mother and child rights advocate, who grew up in a large family of twelve. She travels to Africa to witness first-hand the impact of population growth in the developing world and its role in exacerbating poverty. While there, she meets a young Ethiopian woman, Zinet, who comes from a poor family of twelve, but has found the courage to break free from long-held cultural barriers holding back women. Beth learns from Zinet and others that a primary solution to the population issue is raising the status of women worldwide through education and empowerment, an essential step to ease population growth and reduce poverty worldwide.

The final section features a broader discussion of the solutions to overpopulation in both the developed and developing world.

The film features commentary from many world-renowned experts and scientists, including Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich, author of ‘The Population Bomb’.
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of release
2011
Subjects
Development studies; Environmental science; Geography
Keywords
developing countries; environmental issues; population dynamics; poverty; Third World; women’s issues

Credits

Director
Christophe Fauchere

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£39.50
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
60 minutes
Year
2013

Distributor

Name

Concord Media

Email
sales@concordmedia.org.uk
Web
http://www.concordmedia.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01473 726 012
Address
Rosehill Centre
22 Hines Road
Ipswich
IP3 9BG
Notes
A long-established, not-for-profit organisation with a large collection DVDs, specialising in the sectors of general and mental health, child care, race relations, war and peace, addictions, the third world, ecology, civil rights, personal relationships, educational issues, and social work training. Concord also handles titles made for the Graves Medical Audio-visual Library. Sale on DVD. Formerly known as Concord Video and Film Council. In 2014 Concord began to offer selected films as Video on Demand, via Vimeo.

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