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Movie-A-Day #192: Soylent Green (1973).

July 11, 2011

Today is the United Nations’ annual World Population Day, which tried to bring attention to the problems associated with the growing number of people crowding this planet. Overpopulation was a key component of the first wave of the environmental movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s. But it’s something that’s rarely mentioned by the current green evangelists – despite the fact that the world population has doubled since then. Today the focus is on climate change, greenhouse gases and sustainability. But that doesn’t change the fact that there are too damn many people being born, and there just aren’t enough resources to support them all. How do we deal with this? I don’t know, but the “Soylent Green” solution is looking less and less far-fetched every day.

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