|This video is a shocking examination of
the nature of overpopulation. It examines aspects of the phenomenon
that you may have never considered. The video moves around the world
illustrating some of the “hows?” and “whys?” of population growth.
It will be helpful to quickly examine the questions provided before the
NOTICE As you will see, this program
is divided into many segments; only a fraction of which will you see today.
Two of these segments, “Megacities” and “Desperate Decisions”, contain
some scenes (including death and brief frontal nudity, respectively) that
some might consider unsettling. Listening to the narration alone
will be sufficient to respond to the questions provided.
As an estimate, how many of the world’s citizens
live in poverty?
In the future, what continents will likely
see the greatest population increases?
How is “overpopulation” in the U.S. perhaps
worse than “overpopulation” in Nepal?
Why can we say that there is overpopulation
in both 3rd world countries and modern industrialized countries. Compare
the 'overpopulation' of the suburb of San Francisco and village in Nepal.
What is a shanty town? Why do they evolve?
What is the relationship between crime and
What are the problems encountered in the Megacity
of Rio de Janeiro
Why do many consider Rio de Janeiro a “Crystal
Ball?” What are some possible futures for the city?
3. Critical decisions
What role does education play in reducing
What forces are working against women having
more children in countries such as third world nations?
In Ethiopia, the availability of contraceptives
is not necessarily the problem; Accessibility, however, is a problem.
Opinion - do you think family planning should
be taught by governments? Why or why not?
4. Conflict between religion, culture, "A Women's Place"
In this case, how does the perceived value
of women differ from the actual value of women?
How does the status of women in Indian society
actually accelerate population growth?
Describe the role of women in many third world
5. Son Mania
How does the desire for male children accelerate
Why has there been such an increase in sex-detection
clinics in India?
List reasons people might prefer to have