The People Factor

Population Growth,
Sustainability,
and Human Well-Being

COWS

What's the Point?

When too many individuals live in a finite space the physical resources required to sustain life depleted and the ability for humans to mentally and emotionally thrive is significantly jeopardized.


How We'll Explore It


Through an animated story about my dad and his ever-increasing herd of cows, we’ll form a hypothesis of why human population growth is so difficult for many to acknowledge as having negative impacts. In addition, we’ll introduce the concept that population growth can significantly influence human mental and emotional well-being.


We will draw parallels between the finite space of a fenced field and planet Earth. As the pasture becomes overgrazed (depletion of natural resources that sustain life) and financial resources (costly scientific replacements for natural resources) replace natural resources to ensure the cows remain healthy, it becomes evident to everyone that there are just too many cows for our family farm to handle. Everyone, that is, except my dad.


In his struggle to keep the herd healthy, he loses the happiness he had once experienced on the farm. Taking care of the cows depletes not only the pasture and the checking account, it depletes his joy of raising cows. As cows fall ill, he finally understands that, if the farm and the people living on it are going to be healthy, secure and happy, there is a limit to the number of cows in the field.