Diffusing the Population Bomb





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Published on Apr 29, 2008

Directed by Jyn Mabry and Anise Gold-Watts
**Sorry you can't see the subtitles. Below are the questions we asked, in case you couldn't read it.
1. Is overpopulation a problem and if so, why?
2. Does overpopulation in the 'developing world' affect the 'first world'?
3.Why is the developing world overpopulated. Various opinions.
4.What can be done?

And then it says- Some people didn't think overpopulation was the only problem...
This movie was apart of an action research project for ENV 321- Race, Gender, and the Environment at Mount Holyoke College. Spring 2008.

This movie is only ONE part of our presentation, and was an introduction to show how the general public feels about issues of overpopulation.

Check out the reaction to our presentation here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=lXyCL_m2obI

It is our opinion that overpopulation rhetoric distracts the global North from dealing with their own issues of overconsumption, and that it allows for dangerous alarmism which stands in the way of greater global understanding and solidarity, reinforces racial and ethnic stereotypes and scapegoats immigrants and other venerable communities, encourages apocalyptic thinking that legitimizes human rights abuses, targets women's fertility and restricts reproductive rights, and masks the complex causes of poverty and inequality.
(From the 10 Reasons to Rethink 'Overpopulation' Pamphlet, Population and Development Program)

Please check out the report written by Arden Hemstreet, Anise Gold-Watts and Jyn Mabry on our presentation and our study at:

For more information about overpopulation misconceptions please visit the following websites:


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