Thanks to Marianne Ward for this commentary by Saleem Ali, a friend and professor of environmental planning at the University of Vermont and author of “Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed and a Sustainable Future.” See http://www.vpr.net/episode/48758/. You can watch a daylong seminar on Pakistan’s demographic dilemmas at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC, held June 9, 2010, at http://www.wilsoncenter.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=events.event_summary&event_id=620365.
Ali: People Power
(HOST) Spring is the season for birth and rebirth. But as UVM professor and commentator Saleem Ali observes, the earth’s capacity is for renewal is being tested.
(ALI) There is one topic that has been notably absent from environmental conversations in recent years. Forty years ago, when events like Earth Day were first celebrated, the issue of population growth galvanized a generation. So, what happened in the intervening years to the high priests of population growth?
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