German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)
Halle-Jena-Leipzig
 
11.04.2016 | Biodiversity Conservation, iDiv

POPULATION, RESOURCES, AND THE FAITH-BASED ECONOMY

Paul R. Ehrlich (Photo: Paul R. Ehrlich, licensed under a Creative Commons license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/)

Paul R. Ehrlich (Photo: Paul R. Ehrlich, licensed under a Creative Commons license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/)

Professor Ehrlich will discuss the increasingly serious world demographic situation and related problem of overconsumption by rich people and nations.
He will tie these to growing environmental disaster, depletion of key resources, and escalating chances of nuclear war.  He will explain why the fears of European leaders of aging populations are counter-productive, and explain the ethical dimensions of the refusal of governments and other institutions to deal with the population problem.  In particular he will discuss the global failure to give all women fully the same rights and opportunities as men, and to provide all sexually active people with modern contraception and back-up abortion. He will describe how the silly faith of most economists in the possibility of perpetual growth on a finite planet, and their confused idea that people are rational decision-makers, is increasing the chances of a collapse of civilization.

May 4th at 16:30
AULA, Löwengebäude, Universitätsplatz 11, 06108 Halle (Saale)

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