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Lesson Plan September 23, 2015

Population Bomb: Is Population Control the Answer?




Questions for "The Unrealized Horrors of Population Explosion" (Video)

  1. At the time, was it right to “punish” people for having more children?
  2. What would be some more humane ways to control population other than mandatory mass sterilization?
  3. Why is there some concern that the world may be running out of people?

Questions for "The Unrealized Horrors of Population Explosion" (Article)

  1. What was “population bomb” prediction in the 1960s and 70s?
  2. Do you agree with Ehrlich’s hypothesis? Explain.  
  3. How did the world combat this problem of overpopulation?
  4. Given the data, would Ehrlich change his mind today?

Questions for "The Population Bomb that Wasn't"

  1. What does “the difference between population as a cause rather than a symptom" mean?

  2. Why could the problem be access to resources? Explain.  

  3. What are the environmental concerns of overpopulation?

  4. Do you agree with Paul Ehrlich or Kit Roane? Explain.

Resource 3 (slideshow)

  1. Which picture is most revealing about the problem that northern India faces? (What picture most shows that this is a horrible, serious problem?)

  2. Which picture surprised you the most?

  3. What were you able to learn from the series of pictures?

  4. Is this more or less powerful than reading an article? Why?

  5. If you were the photographer, what picture(s) would you try to get in order to tell this story?

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