The impact of our growing population on nature is such a sensitive topic that nobody really dares talk about it. Better sweep it under the carpet and forget about it, right? Well, not necessarily. If you think it through, the solution is really simple and beautiful: give women full rights, opportunities and access to family-planning methods.
In this interview with Paul R. Ehrlich, the Bing Professor Emeritus of Population Studies at Stanford University, we talk about:
- What is a sustainable population and how to achieve it
- Why women play a key role in creating a sustainable planet
- How we can empower women and why women still don’t have equal rights
- Why our Stone Age genes make it hard to address global issues and why we need to change culturally
- Why we need 8 billion Greta Thunbergs and everyone to spend 10% of their time helping out society
- What is Paul’s vision of 2050
- How hot soap operas can help us talk about overpopulation, and more.
Paul Ralph Ehrlich (*1932) is an American biologist, best known for his warnings that population growth presents an extremely serious threat to the future of human civilization. The Population Bomb, a book that he co-authored with his wife, Anne, helped start a worldwide debate on the impact of rising population that continues today. Author of 50 books and thousands of articles, Ehrlich is the Bing Professor Emeritus of Population Studies at Stanford University, President of Stanford’s Center for Conservation Biology and also president of the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere.
If you’d like to dig deeper into the topic, you can listen to my conversation with Terry Spahr, the author behind 8 Billion Angels, about the impact of our growing population and ways we can address the issue.