Population v Resources


Resource Consumption. A brief history of fossil fuels.



The Earth is Full: A TED talk from Paul Gilding, writer and campaigner for a sustainable economy.



The Happy Planet Index, a different way at looking into the future and our resource consumption.

Nic Marks gathers evidence about what makes us happy, and uses it to promote policy that puts the well-being of people and the planet first.



Can science solve the problem of resources against population?

Johan Rockstrom has led a team of scientists to define the nine Earth systems that need to be kept within bounds for Earth to keep itself in balance.


Your Task:

1) Summaries the two opposing ideas of Thomas Malthus and Ester Boserup. Who were they and how did they differ in their opinions?

2) Watch the videos above and start to formulate and opinion about the Malthusian and Neo-Malthusian theories on population and resources. Make notes and start to formulate arguments for and against the two theories.