Can a collapse of global civilization be avoided?





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Published on Mar 19, 2013

"For the first time an array of interconnected problems is moving a global civilization toward collapse. Driven by increasing overpopulation and over consumption by the rich, these dilemmas include climate disruption, loss of ecosystem services, global poisoning, depletion of resources (especially soils and groundwater), and the threat of vast famines, epidemics and resource wars. Only a concerted effort to reduce the scale of society and focus much more attention on agriculture and equity seems likely to much improve the human prospect. Growth is the disease; sustainability is attainable, but only with unprecedented rethinking, effort, and cooperation."

This seminar consists of a short presentation given by Professor Paul Ehrlich based on his recent paper Can a collapse of global civilization be avoided? and will be followed by an extended interactive Q&A session with the audience.

Dr. Paul R. Ehrlich is the Bing Professor of Population Studies, and President, Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University. His research interests are in the ecology and evolution of natural populations of butterflies, reef fishes, birds and human beings.

Anne Ehrlich is a Senior Research Scientist in Biology at Stanford and focuses her research on policy issues related to the environment. She has carried out research and coauthored many technical articles in population biology. She also has written extensively on issues of public concern such as population control, environmental protection, and environmental consequences of nuclear war and is coauthor of ten books.


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