Overpopulation facts – Alexandra Paul at TEDxTopanga
Along the same frame of thought of Dr. Garrett James Hardin (OVERPOPULATION AND CARRYING CAPACITY), actress Alexandra Paul gave a TED Talk back in 2003. She thinks she has found a way to minimize the effects of an exponential growth of human population, by persuading people to have smaller families. According to her, we are adding 220.000 people per day to the planet and about 1 billion every 12 years. This TED Talk was filled with other facts relevant to the issue.
Alexandra visualizes the solution to this galloping issue, on the sensitization of people to have smaller families and she had chosen not to have any children, which is consistent with her thoughts.
I appreciate her effort in passing her message that the world needs the cooperation of all to achieve the proposed results. On the other hand, her honest appreciated effort, needs to observe other options which may pretty well be the education of the population, especially in countries where the birth rate is higher than two or even three children per couple, as is the case of several countries like Africa (between four and seven children per woman). According to the The World FactBook (CIA), 2015 estimates.
Nonetheless, this cry for awareness, and not only from Alexandra, has, so far as met with some international apathy by the optimistic approach that believes the planet and its tenants are capable of finding the proper solution if need be.
I have chosen this TED Talk by Alexandra Paul, because I understand that my research must have statements of different sectors of the community, therefore, with diverse angles of approach to the same issue.
Finally, I believe that Alexandra is a good addition to my project because she comes across as a person who, quite clearly, understands the status quo of the planet when the theme is overpopulation.
Overpopulation facts – THE PROBLEM NO ONE DISCUSS: Alexandra Paul at TEDxTopanga 3 Jan 2013
Hardin, Garret James. Interview with Nancy Pearlman. 1990.
The reason I have chosen this interview with Dr. Hardin was because the ideas he had expressed are in accordance with my own. His understanding of the problem starts when he says that “if the population suddenly decrease by, say, 10 percent, many things will immediately be much better.” Because of the fact that the planet has already too many people, Dr. Hardin adds that the major social crises are made worse by the excess population, and that is exactly what I think the problem resides. The message for people to control such situation is, of course, having less children per couple. Clearly explains that this is a situation with little importance to most governments.
As to its credit, I believe his CV (http://www.garretthardinsociety.org/gh/gh_cv.html) enlightens very well his achievements and the authority to speak about the subject of overpopulation.
The food for all, according to him, is not the problem right now. Energy is. This point I will agree with him, but, if we think for a moment in terms of future, if Earth will continue to raise its population numbers as it appears to be the tendency, then I would say we will have to face this problem on the long run.
The interviewee argues that the world would be better off with less number of people, unless we stop consuming more energy than we suppose. This would certainly accommodate a bigger carrying capacity of the planet: The higher the quality of living, the lower the carrying capacity. By using this explanation, the author is using logos to pass the message that it is important to lower our actual habits of consumption.
He is directing his speech to the audition of the program where he was interviewed. Therefore, the rhetoric is appropriate because the terms are very easy to understand by the general public.
It is a good source because of all the knowledge the author has on the subject because I find it very difficult to disagree with its arguments.
I might use this interview in my research project because it has the central idea that can contribute to the overall conclusion of my work.
Garrett James Hardin, Ph.D. Microbiology – OVERPOPULATION AND CARRYING CAPACITY - Video Educational Communications, Inc. - 1990