I grew up in the shadow of the oncoming “population bomb.” Even though I went to Christian school, the teachers were still caught up in whatever everyone else was caught up in. I think it was a Weekly Reader article that first gripped my heart in fear, unequivocally stating we were running out of room and headed quickly for doom and gloom.
A few times over the past few years I’ve linked or blogged about the coming crisis of NOT having enough population growth (It’s the Sex, Stupid, Not Enough Blue-State Babies, Baby Famine). This subject has been near and dear to my heart ever since my husband and I looked through scripture for God’s ideas on family planning and discovered that 1) God controls the womb and 2) biblically, children are always considered a sign of God’s blessing. Whoops on that vasecomy! Too bad there aren’t do-overs for certain events in life (we did try a vasectomy-reversal but so far, no good).
The Demographic Winter website has a nice trailer and provides this synopsis:
One of the most ominous events of modern history is quietly unfolding. Social scientists and economists agree – we are headed toward a demographic winter which threatens to have catastrophic social and economic consequences. The effects will be severe and long lasting and are already becoming manifest in much of Europe.
A groundbreaking film, Demographic Winter: Decline of the Human Family, reveals in chilling soberness how societies with diminished family influence are now grimly seen as being in social and economic jeopardy.
Demographic Winter draws upon experts from all around the world – demographers, economists, sociologists, psychologists, civic and religious leaders, parliamentarians and diplomats. Together, they reveal the dangers facing society and the world’s economies, dangers far more imminent than global warming and at least as severe. These experts will discuss how:
The “population bomb” not only did not have the predicted consequences, but almost all of the developed countries of the world are now experiencing fertility rates far below replacement levels. Birthrates have fallen so low that even immigration cannot replace declining populations, and this migration is sapping strength from developing countries, the fertility rates for many of which are now falling at a faster pace than did those of the developed countries.
The economies of the world will continue to contract as the “human capital” spoken of by Nobel Prize winning economist Gary Becker, diminishes. The engines of commerce will be strained as the workers of today fail to replace themselves and are burdened by the responsibility to support an aging population.
Government programs will slow-bleed by the decrease in tax dollars received from an ever shrinking work force. The skyrocketing ratio of the old retirees to the young workers will render current-day social security systems completely unable to support the aging population.
That’s just part of their synopsis! See the link above for more.
I just love Home-Discipling Dad’s summary of Demographic Winter,
“What’s even more amazing is this is a secular film using secular data from secular scientists. Their conclusion? The family as defined as one man and one woman for life having lots of children is a requirement for a stable, growing, prosperous society.
“Hmmmm….sort of sounds like God’s idea! Marriage as defined as one man and one woman for life, being fruitful and multiplying, understanding that children are a blessing and praying for a quiver-full!!!!
“Don’t you love it when God is shown to have been right all along?”
(Oh, for the grace of God to enable our family to do our part to save the world 😉 Another baby or two would be such a welcome blessing!)
I am very curious to watch this movie in light of Proposition 8 being on the ballot this November. (“Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”) What a challenge to remember that issues of morality are not simply issues of tolerance. Nor can they be brushed aside with a “can’t we all just get along?” Choices have consequences.
As our society continues to frown upon lifelong monogamous marriage, as families/couples become more unstable and divorce (or not marrying in the first place) increases, as more abortions take place, as couples choose to not include children as part of their future together, as women purposely postpone marriage and child-rearing for careers and “to live life more fully” (and inevitably have a more difficult time getting pregnant), as more people form homosexual relationships — all of these activities will take their toll on our population growth.
Very, very interesting!
I emailed Netflix and asked them to order a copy. I’m sure if enough people request it, they will buy it. If you have Netflix and would like to try before you by, perhaps you can drop a note to the folks there as well.
I’ll be back to give my thoughts on the dvd once I view it!