Mother: Caring for 7 Billion will change the way you look at our world. Over any factory farming documentary, or series on Cambodian sweatshops…or film on politics, religion, or environmental change, Mother takes our severest global issues and reveals the common thread that connects them all — population.
Oddly enough watching Mother is the first time I’ve taken a deeper look into population growth and understood this simple fact: there are too many people on our planet and not enough resources. Something that is so blatantly obvious, yet so rarely discussed. Why with so many conversations about melting glaciers and deforestation, GMO’s, BPA’s, the war on drugs…that endless list of issues, why has the topic of over population never taken center stage?! The harsh reality is that the population is rapidly growing, while the earth stays the same size.
Throughout Mother the many contributors and consequences of over population and it’s vicious cycle are discussed; poverty, lack of resources, religion, sexism, war. But every problem kept circling back around to the same solution — educating girls. When a girl is educated she is more likely to stand up for her rights, marry and have children later in life, have fewer children, educate her children, and her family and community will thrive. Yes, educating impoverished girls is one of the best thing you can do for yourself, your children’s future and our world.
It is estimated that by the year 2050 there will be 9.6 billion people on our planet, making earth a very uncomfortable place to live. Clearly Mother: Caring for 7 Billion is an intense and powerful film dealing with facts that are often difficult to wrap your head around, but it did leave me with a sense of hope, understanding and clarity. I encourage everyone to watch this hour long documentary while it’s available for free streaming for the month of April and to look to their websitesite for ways to inform, contribute and help save our planet from over population by educating and empowering girls.