The following talk illustrates my view on population so well that I’m adding it to my permanent summary page on Population, in the context of discussing the Demographic Transition. Well done Hans!
Hans Rosling’s talk at TED 2010 is a classic for illustrating this point. Watch his 10 minute presentation involving ‘analogue’ Ikea buckets to illustrate population growth. But then stay tuned for his digital population map. This shows how the fertility rates of developing countries has changed since the 1960′s. Watch what happens to the number of babies women in developing nations have as the country moves from poverty and low child survival rates to some economic security and higher child survival rates. They feel secure enough to have less children!