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The Population Institute to Host October 6 Forum on Population, Economics and Sustainability

September 25, 2009

In partnership with the Population Media Center and the Wallace Global Fund, the Population Institute is hosting a public forum on October 6, 2009, on the subject of "Population Growth and Rising Consumption: What's Sustainable?

The forum, which is being held at the Kaiser Family Foundation's Barbara Jordan Conference Center in downtown Washington, D.C., will bring together leading experts on population, economics and sustainability to talk about the implications of population growth, resource scarcity and climate change for future economic well-being.

Bob Walker, executive vice president of the Population Institute, said, "In a world of melting glaciers and mounting concern about resource scarcity, it's time to look at the human trajectory and what it means for economic well-being and the future of the planet.  This forum brings together some of the leading thinkers in the growing debate over sustainability." 

Speakers include:

  • Dennis Meadows, author of Limits to Growth (1972) and Limits to Growth: the 30 Year Update (2002)
  • William Catton Jr., author of Overshoot: the Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change (1980) and Bottleneck: the Human Impasse (2009)
  • Laurie Mazur, Island Press, editor of A Pivotal Moment: Population, Justice and the Environment Challenge  (2009)
  • Peter Victor, York University, author of Managing without Growth (2008)
  • Richard Heinberg, Post Carbon Institute, author of Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines (2007)
  • Robert Engelman, WorldWatch Institute, author of More: Population, Nature, and What Women Want (2008)

Anyone interested in attending the event should contact the Population Institute at (202) 544-3300, ext. 108 or email: jwetter@populationinstitute.orgSeating is limited.

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