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International Affairs

7 Billion and Beyond: Confronting Rapid Growth

Date: 7:00pm PDT April 12, 2017 Location: Templeton Campus Center

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According to the United Nations, the Earth’s population is estimated to reach 9.7 billion people by the year 2050. With this, questions regarding environmental sustainability, resource scarcity, and growing population pressures have become increasingly prevalent. Is overconsumption the root cause of these problems, or are the effects of rising populations in developing countries our greatest concern?


Bob Walker is president of the Population Institute, a Washington, D.C.- based non-profit organization in which he plays a key role drawing attention to the health, economic, and environmental concerns regarding overpopulation. He has experience and knowledge in the subject of demography and has worked extensively on reports exploring the potential dangers of overpopulation.

Fred Pearce is an environmental author based in the United Kingdom. As a freelance journalist, he has written for The Guardian and Yale Environment e360, been a broadcaster for the BBC, and has reported on pressing environmental and developmental issues in 85 countries. He has authored two books on the subject of overpopulation, Peoplequake and The Coming Population Crash: and Our Planet’s Surprising Future.

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