On March 23 and 24, 2014, Population Media Center and the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere will co-host a conference in Washington, DC. The goal of the workshop is to develop innovative strategies for increasing broad based public engagement in the population imperative. It will engage experts from various population and environmentalist groups, foundations, and universities, as well as policy makers and civil society leaders.
Interconnected global problems are threatening humanity at an ever-increasing rate. The number of people living in poverty, water scarcity, threats to eco-system services, the impact of extraordinary weather events on over-populated communities, failure of governments to provide for citizens’ wellbeing, widening gaps between rich and the poor, weapons of mass destruction, loss of biodiversity, and toxification of the biosphere upon whose ecosystems humans depend are just a few of the escalating challenges facing policy makers and civil society. And yet, although human population is one of the most basic drivers of these related problems, conversations about the need to humanely stabilize and then reduce population size are taboo, highly politicized and avoided. Conference organizers from MAHB and PMC seek to put population back on the political and social agenda, not as a hot potato — but as an essential component of responsible governance.
The conference is not open to the public, but its results will inform how PMC and other population groups can better leverage and grow its support from grassroots involvement and public engagement. Invited participants can find announcements, agendas, and related reading materials here: http://mahb.stanford.edu/population-workshop/
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