More and more Americans are living alone, according to sociologist Eric Klinenberg’s new book “Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Going Alone.” Ray Suarez and Klinenberg discuss the emerging demographic of so-called “singletons” and what he calls the “biggest unnamed social change of the last 50 years.” (7 min)
Despite having the most Catholics in the world, 80 percent of Brazilian women of childbearing age are using some form of artificial contraception. In partnership with National Geographic Magazine, special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro examines the declining fertility rate, which has dropped to just 1.9 children per woman. (9:30 min)
BBC Horizon’s 2009 documentary, “How Many People Can Live on Planet Earth?” is Sir David Attenborough’s meditation into whether the world is heading for a population crisis. In his lengthy career, Sir David has watched the human population more than double from 2.5 billion in 1950 to nearly seven billion. He reflects on the profound effects of this rapid growth, both on humans and the environment.
While much of the projected growth in human population is likely to come from the developing world, it is the lifestyle enjoyed by many in the West that has the most impact on the planet. Some experts claim that in the UK consumers use as much as two and a half times their fair share of Earth’s resources.
Sir David examines whether it is the duty of individuals to commit not only to smaller families, but to change the way they live for the sake of humanity and planet Earth.” Segment 1 (10 min)
Kenyan born reporter Aidan Hartley and director George Waldrum report from Kenya on the exploding population problem, one of the root causes of the recent violence, and a crisis which may yet lead to the complete implosion of what has been Africa’s most stable democracy. The link between terrible violence and the fact that the land just cannot sustain Kenya’s growing numbers has gone almost unnoticed by the international media and NGOs.
Hartley and Waldrum begin their journey in the Rift Valley, western Kenya, where long after the political agreement the killings go on. Much of the violence is driven by a land-hungry mass of frustrated young men who resort to crime rather than accept poverty and hunger. In the Rift Valley, the battle for land has spiraled out of control. Arriving at a smoldering village just hours after one massacre the team finds the bones and the skull of a small child who was burnt in the attack. Locals tell Hartley that 13 other people were slaughtered and the local police could do nothing as they were outnumbered by the attackers.