Since the 1960’s world population has nearly doubled and now tops 7 billion. Population growth, though little discussed, is putting an unprecedented burden on the planet’s life systems.
Mother: Caring for 7 Billion brings to light the connection between overpopulation and our most pressing environmental and humanitarian problems, as well as the solutions.
The film begins with a striking animated timeline of population growth over the last 500,000 years with key historical references. Mother then looks at the how the population issue first arrived on the public agenda in the 1960’s, and reviews the various ways in which population impacts the global environment.
The second part of the film follows Beth, an American mother and child rights advocate, who grew up in a large family of 12. She travels to Africa to witness first-hand the impact of population growth in the developing world and its role in exacerbating poverty. While there, she meets a young Ethiopian woman, Zinet, who comes from a poor family of 12, but has found the courage to break free from long-held cultural barriers holding back women. Beth learns from Zinet and others that a primary solution to the population issue is raising the status of women worldwide through education and empowerment, an essential step to ease population growth and reduce poverty worldwide.
The final section of Mother features a broader discussion of the solutions to overpopulation in both the developed and developing world.
The film features commentary from many world-renowned experts and scientists, including Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich, author of “The Population Bomb”; economist Mathis Wackernagel, creator of the Global Footprint Network; Dr. Malcolm Potts, Chair, UC Berkeley Bixby Center for Population, Health and Sustainability; Riane Eisler, best-selling author and President of the Center for Partnership Studies; and Dr. Aminata Toure, Chief of the Gender, Human rights and Culture Branch, United Nations Population Fund.
Classroom & discussion guides included
Running Time: 60 minutes
+ 45 Min. on one disc
Grades 8 – Adult
Scene Selection • Closed Captioned
A Film by Christophe Fauchere and Joyce Johnson Purchase price £39.50 + postage and VAT. Includes a licence for public showings.
“Mother: Caring for 7 Billion manages to be both broadly focused, and deeply personal. This is an effective, comprehensive look at the key, population-related issues in both the developed and developing worlds.”
– Green Teacher Magazine
“Recommended. Addresses perhaps the most important, although frequently overlooked, environmental issue — population. This film is ideal for a classroom setting, where it is guaranteed to spark discussion.”
– Educational Media Reviews Online
“Recommended. A sobering and thought-provoking look at the population issue, especially timely given the recent milestone of 7 billion people on Earth.”
– Video Librarian
“The film focuses on overpopulation but also addresses the very complex problems that have led us to our crowded world. Mother is a timely choice for academic libraries, middle school and up, and all viewers concerned with global affairs and our own future.”
– Library Journal
“This film’s timeliness and excellent content will make it a popular purchase. Classroom teachers and public library programmers will especially appreciate the very well-developed curricular/instructional materials available in pdf format on the disc.”
–School Library Journal
“Mother: Caring for 7 Billion encourages us to reengage, both publicly and personally, with the reality of what our increasing population will bring. Mother does not shy away from arguing that unchecked human population growth is not sustainable. Nor, however, does the film succumb to a fatalistic viewpoint. Instead, Fauchere attempts to inspire change through interviews and stories of individual transformations.”
– Science Magazine
“Mother is an aptly named film that brings home how hopeful the connection of population and the planet really is. This movie shows, lyrically, that as we learn to move beyond the domination of women, humanity can then move beyond the domination of nature and gain a chance for long habitation on Mother Earth.”
-Robert Engleman , President, Worldwatch Institute
“Mother is a must-see film on why population growth still matters and what is hindering action to reduce it.”
-Hania Zlotnik, Director, United Nations Population Division
Best Social Issue Documentary, DocuFest Atlanta
Best Film, The Population Institute Media Awards
American Conservation Film Festival
Projecting Change Film Festival
Princeton Environmental Film Festival
Kansas International Film Festival
Planet DOC Film Festival, Warsaw