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For those who weren’t around the early 1970s, the phrase “Zero Population Growth” quickly swept the-then still very much mass media, once Paul Ehrlich’s doomsday eco-crankery, The Population Bomb was published in 1968, and Ehrlich began appearing on shows such as the Today Show and Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. (Then and now, you can count on NBC for plenty of left-wing doooooom), and Walter Cronkite took up the theme on the CBS Evening News.
Outside of news and chat shows, you can see how the obsession with overpopulation played out in this bottom-of-the-barrel last season Star Trek episode, or several “documentaries” from the period that now look like the ’70s equivalent of Reefer Madness. Or simply check out the trailer for the Mystery Science Theater 3000-quality British sci-fi film ZPG from 1972, starring otherwise A-list British stars Oliver Reed, Geraldine Chaplin and Diane Cilento, then married to Sean Connery: