Matters of Population
Join Robin Maynard in a discussion with Dr. Peter Carter, Paul Beckwith and Regina Valdez on ‘Matters of Population.’
This video was recorded on April 14th, 2023, and published on May 7th, 2023.
Some of the topics discussed:
- How it is critical to talk about population, because without it we will not be able to enable our children to live that wonderful future that should be available to everybody, and we will not protect our environment and our ecosystems from collapse.
- How, as of April 2023, India is on track to surpass the population of China.
- How humanity has been an incredibly successful species and how we’ve overcome all sorts of challenges, not the least of which are sanitation, energy, warmth, shelter, modern medicine, leading to a surge in our population.
- How according to the latest reports from the Worldwide Fund for Nature and the Zoological Society of London there has been a 69% decline in wild populations over the past 50 years.
- How girls in the global North have the basic right of education however this hasn’t been the case for girls living in the global south.
- How those living in the global North need to ease the burden on the planet by reducing their consumption.
- How honouring the next generation is crucial but also we need to value human life in the future.
- How humans generally fail to understand the concept of exponential growth.
- And much more . . .
- Robin Maynard - Director of Population Matters - A longstanding and passionate supporter of the population cause, Robin began his environmental career more than 30 years ago, joining Friends of the Earth as a volunteer just before the Chernobyl disaster. That grim event led to his first paid job, tasked with tracking radioactive fall-out across the UK and securing compensation for affected farmers.
- Paul Beckwith - Climate Systems Scientist. Professor at the University of Ottawa’s Paleoclimatology Laboratory as well as at Carleton University
Charles Gregoire - Climate Reality Leader, Electrical Engineer, Webmaster and IT prime for FacingFuture.Earth and the Climate Emergency Forum
Heidi Brault - Climate Reality Leader, BA(Psychology), Library & Information Technician Diploma - Video production and website assistant - Organizer and convener, Metadata technician, COP28 Team Lead for FacingFuture.Earth and the Climate Emergency Forum.
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