How Many People Can Live On Planet Earth?

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Naturalist Sir David Attenborough investigates whether the world is heading for a population crisis.

In Sir David’s lengthy career, he has witnessed the human population more than double since the post–World War II baby boom, in 1950 earth’s population was 2.5 billion, today it’s at 6.9 billion . In this documentary he reflects on the profound effects of this rapid growth, both on humans and the environment.

While much of the projected growth in human population is likely to come from the developing world, it is the lifestyle enjoyed by many in the West that has the most impact on the planet. Some experts claim that in the UK consumers use as much as two and a half times their fair share of Earth’s resources.

Sir David examines whether it is the duty of individuals to commit not only to smaller families, but to change the way they live for the sake of humanity and planet Earth.

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