In this video, Hans Rosling gives a TED talk about the world population. He uses boxes to represent large quantities of people to show, not only the number of people, but the socioeconomic status of people. He shows that people in developing nations are having more children, increasing the population dramatically. This hasn't changed since 1960, as shown in the video. The population has increased in emerging nations and western nations have gotten richer, etc. He also predicts what the population will be like in 2050, showing little change in the world, accept for a doubled population in the developing world. He also breaks down the numbers of child survival rating, showing that nations that have a higher survival rate for children have less children, and that nations with lower child survival rates have more children. Rosling proposes that the way to slow population growth to a more reasonable level is to improve the child survival rating, decreasing the amount of children born per year. Through my lens, which is political, we can see that governments in industrial and western worlds need to help to increase the child survival rates of developing worlds by increasing education, quality of life, etc. If nothing is done, the population will continue to increase each year to drastic levels.
This video gives short, simple solutions to overpopulation and the depletion of our resources. The video proposes that better education, health programs, family planning services, and lower consumption of goods will all help solve the problem of a rapidly increasing population. The video proposes solutions in line with my chosen lens: political. The video proposes that governments institute policies to better health and education programs to help people plan their families better. The video also proposes that governments limit consumption of natural resources. It is also proposed that governments invest in alternative sources of energy to provide for a more sustainable power source. If governments do not do anything to help solve this issue, then no impact will be made in regards to the problem that will have a substantial impact.
This video is a press conference of former president Barack Obama explaining the provisions of one of the health care plans that he signed during his time in office. He explains how contraceptives are mandated to be covered for women. This is tied in with my issue by giving a current way that the US Government has attempted to help maintain smaller family sizes. This video directly answers the third question of how governments or laws have attempted to help alleviate and solve the issue of overpopulation. Analyzing this video through the political lens shows that the American Democratic Party works to help women plan their families and maintain small family sizes. This helps to slow down the rate of increasing population, in turn helping the overpopulation problem as a side effect. This proves that government action can be taken to help alleviate the burden of overpopulation on nations with higher populations, such as the US, China, and India.