How Many People Can Live On Planet Earth?

Helen Shariatmadari

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

In his career, Attenborough he seen the population more than double since the baby boom after World War II ended. In 1950 the world’s population was roughly 2.5 billion people, today it has reached over 7 billion.

In this documentary, he reviews the profound effects the swift rise in our population has had on both humans and the earth’s environment.

While most of the population growth is likely to come from the developing nations, it is the lifestyle most have taken advantage of in Western countries that have impacted the planet the most. Experts believe that people living in the UK use a much as two and a half times their fair share of Earth’s dwindling resources.

Attenborough questions whether it is the duty of people to commit not only to raising smaller families but to change our lifestyles for the sake of our planet.

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