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Episode 1: Chris Packham: 7.7 Billion People and Counting

Summary

The naturalist investigates the impact of a growing human population on the world in light of predictions that the number of humans could reach 10 billion by the year 2050. He considers the steps that will need to be taken for Earth's natural resources to support so many people, visiting a city in Brazil that is on the verge of running out of water and a community school in Nigeria that may present a possible solution. Featuring contributions from leading environmental experts including David Attenborough.

Review

You come to this kind of documentary knowing that once you’ve seen it, you can’t un-see it. The effects may include a sense of powerlessness, of approaching doom, but with little you can do about it all, so really – why bother? Why not watch repeats of Friends, or stick fingers in your ears and curl up in a ball?

Push those thoughts aside. Chris Packham and his director Charlie Russell (who also made Asperger’s and Me) have produced a film about the impact of the world’s growing population that, while quietly devastating, finds room for glimmers of hope. “Someone’s got to talk about this issue while there’s still a chance to solve the problem,” Packham says.

There are no scenes featuring Packham holding a small baby. But there are powerful sequences in the suburbs of Lagos and Sao Paulo, and they avoid clichéd images of vast crowds or a suggestion that this is purely a problem caused by the birth rate in the developing world. The issue is (mainly) consumption: Packham observes that if everyone in the world consumed like the average person in the UK, we would need the resources of two more Earths to live sustainably.

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Credits

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PresenterChris Packham
ContributorDavid Attenborough

Crew

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DirectorCharlie Russell
EditorWill Grayburn
EditorGareth Heal
Executive producerDov Freedman

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  • Chris Packham: 7.7 Billion People and Counting

    Summary

    The naturalist investigates the impact of a growing human population on the world in light of predictions that the number of humans could reach 10 billion by the year 2050. He considers the steps that will need to be taken for Earth's natural resources to support so many people, visiting a city in Brazil that is on the verge of running out of water and a community school in Nigeria that may present a possible solution. Featuring contributions from leading environmental experts including David Attenborough.

    Review

    You come to this kind of documentary knowing that once you’ve seen it, you can’t un-see it. The effects may include a sense of powerlessness, of approaching doom, but with little you can do about it all, so really – why bother? Why not watch repeats of Friends, or stick fingers in your ears and curl up in a ball?

    Push those thoughts aside. Chris Packham and his director Charlie Russell (who also made Asperger’s and Me) have produced a film about the impact of the world’s growing population that, while quietly devastating, finds room for glimmers of hope. “Someone’s got to talk about this issue while there’s still a chance to solve the problem,” Packham says.

    There are no scenes featuring Packham holding a small baby. But there are powerful sequences in the suburbs of Lagos and Sao Paulo, and they avoid clichéd images of vast crowds or a suggestion that this is purely a problem caused by the birth rate in the developing world. The issue is (mainly) consumption: Packham observes that if everyone in the world consumed like the average person in the UK, we would need the resources of two more Earths to live sustainably.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show.

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterChris Packham
    ContributorDavid Attenborough

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorCharlie Russell
    EditorWill Grayburn
    EditorGareth Heal
    Executive producerDov Freedman

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