This is a gross misrepresentation of the real message of “Planet of the Humans”. The film uses the word “over-population” only one time, and it is not the narrator who says it, but someone being interviewed. The narrator never endorses population control. In fact, Jeff Gibbs said in the interview with Rising that he doesn’t believe in or argue for population control of any kind. At another point in the film, an interviewee, Richard Heinberg, says, “There are too many human beings using too much too fast.” These are the only two times population is even mentioned directly or indirectly. The film’s underlying message is not that we need to institute population control, but that we need to reduce the amount of energy that we use, i.e., reduce consumption. You wrote a 20-min read about a movie that doesn’t exist. Great job of misdirection.

John Halstead is the author of the book *Another End of the World is Possible*. Find out more at

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