This is a serious exploration of the linked issues of population, consumption, poverty and environment. With the United Nations projecting a doubling of world population by 2060, we are, the film claims, facing a crisis not just about numbers, which are meaningless in isolation, but about the impact we have on our environment. To illustrate this, the film contrasts the lifestyles of two families on two very different islands: Madagascar and Manhattan. Developed countries consume more than two-thirds of the world’s natural wealth. In an average lifetime, an American will waste 30 times more resources than a Madagascan. The prescription for our population ills, the film suggests, is found in Kerala in southern India where a state commitment to land, education and healthcare for all has met with remarkable success in the areas of literacy, life expectancy, access to integrated family planning and low infant mortality.
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