Mother Earth: So Many Mouths to Feed

The new documentary, Mother: Caring for Seven Billion, will be free to view online from Earth Day through the month of May.

More details are found in the press release, which I’ve duplicated here.

I plan to watch, because I am at a loss how we act with compassion, wisdom and justice, when all our Earth resource problems are compounded and solutions confounded by the fact that there are so many of us.

This is not an easy subject even to mention, much less to dive into with a full-length film on the topic. I have not seen it yet, as the apparent launch is apparently scheduled for noon EDT today.

But bookmark the link, and watch, if you are prepared to delve into the hard issues of population in the coming century ahead of us.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. To all my friends and acquaintances I sound like a broken record that only knows how to harp on the importance of population control. Unfortunately, the only large country that has made a concerted effort at putting the brakes on population expansion has been excoriated for its efforts. Each religion seems to exhort its adherents to produce more progeny in order to overwhelm the adherents of other religions.

  2. Chris–Interesting as the development is (thanks for the link), lack of food is not necessarily our eventual downfall. There are many human-caused problems that could claim the human race.