01 Nov '11, 3pm

The Elephant in the Room: United Nations officials hope that this week's population threshold -- seven billion

The connection between population growth and environmental degradation seems clear enough – the more people there are, the more greenhouse gases are emitted and the more resources are consumed. But as I report in Tuesday’s Times , the population issue has been conspicuously absent from the public discourse on global warming in the United States. The filmmakers Christophe Fauchere and Joyce Johnson say that when they set out to make “Mother: Caring For Seven Billion,” a recent documentary film about population growth and climate change (a trailer is above), they found some environmental groups reluctant to address the subject for fear of alienating their supporters. One group hung up on them when they called, they recounted. “The stigma on the population issue is so strong that people tend to shut down,” Mr. Fauchere said. Still, the global milestone announced this week – r...

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