Available April 23, 2021 for at home viewing on various streaming services, is a controversial and timely new documentary film that asks the important question, “Are there too many of us for planet Earth?”
The documentary is called 8 Billion Angels. The title refers to the number of people here on Earth.
In 8 Billion Angels, experts, scientists, conservationists, and people like you and me, discuss how people are destroying Earth, and how if we don’t make significant changes NOW, it will be too late and we’ll leave this Earth in dire straights for future generations.
The film explores various subjects such as the ocean, farming, overpopulation, the land, and the air we breath. This film examines things from many different angles.
I would consider myself someone well versed in what is going on when it comes to the health of our planet, and I try and do my best, as a resident of the planet we all share, to try and do things that will help our planet, not destroy it. With that being said, I learned A LOT from watching this film. This film touched upon subjects that I honestly never thought about before. Take for example, the overpopulation of this planet.
I know that there are billions of people here on Earth. But I never really thought about it too hard.
There are some countries where families have many children, even if they cannot afford to care for them (it’s a cultural thing). Then you have other places, like China, It used to be that families were only legally allowed to have one child, to help curb their massive population. That law has since relaxed a bit, allowing for families to have two children.
This film explores how important education is on controlling the number of children that are born each day. Poor people don’t have the education or the financial means to obtain birth control, or to learn birth control practices. It’s imperative that people, even poor people who live in remote villages, learn about how overpopulation will affect all of us, and what can be done about it. It has been shown that simply by educating people, the number of children born has decreased in certain areas.
This is NOT to say that people shouldn’t have children. It simply means that people should consider having less children. We, as a society, should also refrain from judging people who do not have children (by choice). I personally know someone who chose not to have children because she is concerned about overpopulation.
Too many people leave too many “footprints” on this Earth, and too much of a strain on Earth’s resources, and a greater impact on our planet.
Another thing that really hit home while watching this film is water. Water is NOT an unlimited resource. I KNEW that, but this film really draws light on that.
People assume that water will always be available to us from our faucets. That is NOT the case. Water does run out. Case in point, the farms featured in the film. Their wells are drying up. There is less and less water available to them for their crops. Once the water dries up, so does their farms and their livelihood, not to mention their drinking water.
I know from experience that my grandfather’s well was drying up. He was VERY concerned about every drop of water that was used. If the water dried up, he would have to spend thousands to get a new well drilled, if there was even any water to be found on the property. My grandfather gave up watering the lawn, letting us play in the sprinkler, and would freak out if we took a shower that lasted more than five minutes, or filled the tub up too much if we took a bath.
I know that there have been countless documentaries made that shed light on our planet, and the harm we (people) are doing to it, but this film is one to see. Even if you consider yourself an educated person, and/or someone who cares about our planet and does only “good” things for our planet, this is still something you should see. Spread the word and recommend that your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers see this film too. It can be life changing and HOPEFULLY it will get more people on board with finding ways to make the necessary changes NOW before it’s too late.
This film would be ideal to watch in honor of Earth Day too.
*I received a free screener link in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.