The film opens with a poem describing a pristine land as the camera scans the landscape. Then the film shows bulldozers plowing up the land. It then shows the area being paved with concrete and construction on the site. Trash is strewn everywhere. People are interviewed about the quality of life they have. Older people reflect on the changes that have been made to the land over their lifetimes. Other people comment on pollution, over-population, and other environmental issues. The film shows various problems with the environment and Hugh Downs comments on how this affects the health of the population.
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Commentary by Hugh Downs.
Executive producer, Murdock Head ; producer, Frank Kavanaugh ; director-editor, Charles E. Francis ; cinematographers, Charles Durie, et al.
16 mm film Gift; Hugh Rigby, Chief, Media/Materials Clearinghouse Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs; 20011203; Acc# 2002-14. and DVD Transfer; Exhibition Program, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine; 20070806.