Seminar - Fairness, sustainability and human numbers - Does it add up?

This event has now occured - listen to a podcast from the event.

13th July 2011 18:00 -20:00 St Nicholas House, 31-34 High Street, Bristol, BS12AW

All environmental problems become harder - and ultimately impossible to solve -  with ever more people - David Attenborough

As we look ahead to the middle of this century, world population is projected to reach between 8.1 and 10.6 billion. Increasing numbers of people are voicing concerns about population numbers in the context of climate change, peak oil, soil erosion, fresh-water loss, resource depletion, and the ‘6th extinction’ of wildlife. The CONVERGE project seeks to explore the part that human numbers should play in our research into how, given the current situation, do we manage and allocate, today, the Earth’s resources for the survival of a projected global population of 8 to 11 billion people in 2050 - and for their offspring indefinitely?

The Schumacher Institute and Population Matters invite you to join us as we explore the relationships between fairness, sustainability and human numbers. This is the third event in the CONVERGE Rethinking Globalisation seminar series.

Space is limited so please email to reserve.

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The overpopulation myth

I am really sorry I won't be able to attend this meeting.

I realise over-population is a huge concern.

However, I suggest that according to Peoplequake author, Fred Pearce,

over-population is not a done deal. 

He writes: "For a start, there is no exponential growth. In fact, population growth is slowing. For more than three decades now, the average number of babies being born to women in most of the world has been in decline. Globally, women today have half as many babies as their mothers did, mostly out of choice."

Fred Pearce's statistics include countries such as Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Brazil. 

His US publishers are calling his book, the Coming Population Crash.


Elisabeth Winkler

Human Numbers - Trajectories