Addressing Population Growth to Increase the Well-being of People and the Planet
Source: The Bay Citizen
By Suzanne York, HowMany.org, Feb. 10, 2012
The University of California, Berkeley hosted a gathering February 4th of globally-respected experts in the fields of population, sustainability, and global health. Some 450 participants heard why it is critical that the world addresses these issues today.
Malcom Potts, director and founder of the Bixby Center for Population, Health & Sustainability at UC Berkeley, kicked off the Plenary on population, consumption, and human well-being. Potts has introduced family planning methods into many developing countries, and believes family planning is the single most valuable resource we have at our disposal.
The morning’s keynote speaker was Sir John Sulston, a Nobel Laureate and chair of the UK Royal Society Working Group People and the Planet, a project studying the relationship between changes in population size, age structure, consumption, and human well-being. Sir John minced no words and said that we need to think about the the well-being of the planet and not just human well-being, stating that “we should accept responsibility for stewardship.”
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