Should current trends in world population continue, the numbers of human beings on earth could more than double, reaching the staggering total of 13 billion at some point in the 22nd century. A population explosion of that size would be result in an ecological catastrophe both for humans as well as for most biodiversity.
“No Vacancy” bravely dares to express optimism in a culture much more used to viewing population as an unsolvable dilemma with little or no possibility of a reversal. Bob Gillespie, a noted family planning professional travels the planet in search of information and answers, offering an extraordinary view of some remarkable changes that are happening in nation after nation; new currents that have resulted in such hopeful trends as smaller family sizes and the long-needed empowerment of children and women.
From Iran, Mexico, Ghana and Nigeria, to countries across Western Europe, as well as the U.S., India, China and Indonesia, “No Vacancy” paints an emotional, at times provocative portrait, of a global transformation; a fertility transition that may well prove to be one of the most important ingredients in humanity’s survival, and the survival of the earth.
“No Vacancy” was made in collaboration with Population Communication, with principal funding from the Fred H. Bixby Foundation and additional support from Population Communication. The film has been given to hundreds of NGOs around the world and premiered in 2006 on KQED-PBS-San Francisco, as well as going into international distribution with Zia Films of Santa Fe. The book version, No Vacancy: Global Responses to the Human Population Explosion, edited by Michael Tobias, Jane Morrison, Bob Gillespie and Elizabeth Hughes, is now available from Hope Publishing as are videos of the 56-minute Broadcast version and the 90-minute Director’s Cut.
“No Vacancy” is being broadcast currently on many other PBS affiliates throughout the United States through NETA (the National Educational Telecommunications Association.)
A Dancing Star Foundation Production
In Association With Population Communication
Written and Directed by: Michael Tobias
Produced by: Jane Morrison, Bob Gillespie, and