The People Factor

Population Growth,
Sustainability,
and Human Well-Being

POVERTY

What's the Point?

Alleviating poverty is crucial to addressing the personal and social identities that fuel population growth in all three growth scenarios – birth, migration and death.


How We'll Explore It

Of all of the components that both shape personal and social identity and are impacted by population change, poverty is one that most of us can acknowledge, particularly if we are talking about extreme poverty and population growth in developing nations. But what about industrialized nations, like America? In this section, we’ll explore the impact poverty has on our understanding of ourselves and others. We’ll visit a neurologist studying the biological changes brought about by chronic generational poverty. And, we’ll explore how births, migration and death - our three growth scenarios - are impacted by being poor in a wealthy nation.