Don’t Panic – The Truth About Population: Professor Hans Rosling presents this interactive lecture about population increase
World famous Swedish statistician Professor Hans Rosling presents a different view about population increase. Using cutting-edge 3D inforgraphics, Rosling paints a vivid picture of a world that has changed in ways we barely understand – often for the better.
Rosling reveals that the global challenge of rapid population growth has already been overcome. In just 50 years the average number of children born per woman has plummeted from 5 to just 2.5 and is still falling fast. This means that in a few generations’ time, world population growth will level off completely. And in what Rosling calls his ‘Great British Ignorance Survey’ he discovers that people’s perceptions of the world often seem decades out of date.
In Bangladesh, a country once famously described as a ‘basket-case’ , families of two children are now the norm. We meet Taslima Khan who travels through rural villages dispensing contraceptives and advice on how to deal with difficult husbands. Deep in rural Mozambique, one of the poorest countries in the world , we’re introduced to subsistence farmers Andre and Olivia who’ve been saving for two years to buy a piece of life-transforming technology: a bicycle.
Even in these countries, economic growth, investment in healthcare and infrastructure are paving the way to huge improvements in living standards. Globally, the proportion of people in extreme poverty is at its lowest ever, and now the UN is setting itself the goal of eradicating extreme poverty completely within the next twenty years.
Don’t Panic – The Truth About Population airs tonight on BBC2 at 9pm
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