Published on Jan 3, 2013
Actress Alexandra Paul breaks the silence on one of the most taboo subjects of our time: human overpopulation and how to resolve the crisis that is adding 220,000 more people to the planet every day. In this fact filled talk, Alexandra discusses the overpopulation problems of 7 billion humans multiplying at a rate of 1 billion more people every 12 years and offers a simple solution: Transform negative cultural attitudes about the Only Child, and celebrate the short and long term benefits of small families.
Alexandra reminds us that coercion in any form is not the answer to changing cultural and biological norms. Instead, rewiring our biology through strong cultural messaging, education of girls and empowerment of women are the solutions to stopping the current momentum towards 10 billion people on the planet in 40 years.
Alexandra emphasizes that because each American born uses so many more resources than someone from a developing country, it is equally important that wealthy countries have small families. She discusses the economic tradeoffs of a smaller population in a world where capitalism reigns: because the capitalist system depends upon more and more consumers, there are strong forces at work to keep the numbers of people on earth growing. But at what expense?
And since human numbers cannot keep getting larger forever, at what point will we change our ways? When it is too late?
Most controversially, Alexandra believes that, if humans are to survive on this planet, the ideal family has one child and the ideal number of people on earth is 2 billion. “If that is too radical, then it is time for radicalism. Too much is at stake to be polite.” This talk is full of overpopulation facts.
“San Francisco Chronicle” Staff Writer, Lizzie Johnson, talks about the obstacles families face when rebuilding their homes after fires destroy them. Despite recurring patterns, many families opt to to rebuild their homes in the same fire-prone areas.
Here are the latest scientific findings and critical solutions to climate, environmental damage & natural resource depletion. Panel Participants: Jeffrey Lockwood, Prof. Peter Wadhams, James Howard Kunstler, Dr. Judith S. Weis
For more, visit http://www.americanprogress.org Sea-level rise is a slow-moving threat that presents a tremendous risk to some of America’s most populous cities. As climate change drives sea levels higher, and more Americans than ever are calling the coastal U.S. home, cities like Miami, New York and New Orleans will likely face billions of dollars in flood-related damages per year if nothing is done to address climate change. The Center for American Progress visited Norfolk, Virginia, a city on the front-lines of the fight against rising seas, to talk to residents and community leaders about their efforts to save the city and learn to live with the water. One thing is clear: doing nothing is not an option.
The rising sea is the sleeping giant of climate change. Although we now know it’s happening, how high will it go? In an attempt to predict what impact the rising waters will have on our world, scientists are turning to the distant past.
Take a look at how climate change and the rising sea level will affect New York City in the future with Josh Fox, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker behind “Gasland” and the new film “How To Let Go Of The World.”
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