How Many People Can Live on Planet Earth?

48 minutes 6.8/10

In this documentary, naturalist Sir David Attenborough investigates whether the world is heading for a population crisis.

In his lengthy career, Sir David has watched the human population more than double from 2.5 billion in 1950 to nearly seven billion. He reflects on the profound effects of this rapid growth, both on humans and the environment.

While much of the projected growth in human population is likely to come from the developing world, it is the lifestyle enjoyed by many in the West that has the most impact on the planet. Some experts claim that in the UK consumers use as much as two and a half times their fair share of Earth’s resources.

Sir David examines whether it is the duty of individuals to commit not only to smaller families, but to change the way they live for the sake of humanity and planet Earth.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/liebewitz Sylvie Windelstein

    Why not say-just less than-or almost triple since 1950?. For F sake!

    • David Gomm

      1926 (year of Attenborough’s birth) World population just under 2 billion
      1950 World population 2.519 billion
      2009 (year of the programme) World population 6.8 billion. So he should’ve said more than tripled. Did you think he was born in 1950? WTF?

  • David Gomm

    I’ve seen this documentary many times and the most annoying thing about this presentation comes at 30:48 when we’re suddenly transported, via a not too subtle edit, from the killing fields of Rwanda to the nodding donkeys of somewhere in the USA (I guess). In the missing 10 minutes the question of the title is actually addressed and answered! But not here. How pointless and annoying.

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