Sustainable Population and Economy for Human Well-being


Presented by Paul Ehrlich and Dick Smith

Start Date

6th Nov 2014 5:00pm

End Date

6th Nov 2014 6:00pm


Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre, Sandy Bay campus

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Sustainable Population and Economy for Human Well-being 

presented by

Paul Ehrlich and Dick Smith 


Overpopulation and our growth-based economic system pose a serious threat to human well-being in many ways, and may be moving civilization towards collapse. 

Paul Ehrlich will show how further world population growth will be a major factor in spreading death and misery through increasing climate disruption, polluting the planet, impacting – and possibly destroying – human life-support systems, and increasing the risks of vast Ebola-type epidemics and wars (possibly nuclear) over declining resources. 

Dick Smith will argue that the hope for ever-growing economies in a finite world is a myth and that we cannot continue to accelerate our use of resources and energy without dire consequences.

Both believe that with world population already at 7.2 billion, and expected to reach 10 billion by mid-century, we are on an unsustainable path that has potentially devastating consequences, especially for the world’s poorest people. Time is rapidly running out to correct our course, yet governments everywhere are failing to respond to the immense challenges that our society faces. 

Paul and Dick will offer their suggestions for what needs to be done and how concerned citizens can help in moving the world towards a sustainable population and economy.

Refreshments will be served following the lecture.