The film “Mother: Caring for 7 Billion” will be shown at 7 p.m. on June 23, at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 S. Church St. in Grass Valley.
The film brings to light an issue that fuels pressing environmental, humanitarian and social crises — population growth. In 2011 the world population reached 7 billion, a startling seven-fold increase since the first billion occurred 200 years ago.
Population was once at the top of the international agenda, dominating the first Earth Day and the subject of best-selling books like “The Population Bomb”. Since the 1960s, the world population has nearly doubled, adding more than 3 billion people. At the same time, talking about population has become politically incorrect because of the sensitivity of the issues surrounding the topic — religion, economics, family planning and gender inequality. Yet it is an issue many feel cannot be ignored.
The event is free, but donations will be accepted to defray costs. Discussion will follow and refreshments will be served.
The showing is part of a monthly film series, a project of the Green Sanctuary Committee of the Social Action Coordinating Committee of the church.