Exploring 7 Billion: Population, Inequities, and our Changing Climate, This Thurs. 2/23/12

In late October, 2011, Earth became home to 7 billion people. For every one person alive at the turn of the 20th Century when many of our grandparents were children, there are now more than four. The world’s resources are not growing in step with humans. Our dramatic resource exploitation has profound implications for our climate and for human health. But larger family sizes don’t always correlate with greater resource consumption: a child born in the U.S. will be responsible for almost seven times the carbon emissions of a child born in China and 168 times the impact of a child born in Bangladesh.

Join experts from the Institute for Population Studies (IPS), Global Footprint Network, Earth Island Institute, and the Sierra Club as we explore the complex and critical, yet often not discussed, intersection of population growth and climate change and the effects both have on human health, women’s rights, and the social and economic issues we face globally and locally.

We’ll begin with a screening of the internationally acclaimed, award winning film, “Mother: Caring for 7 Billion” (www.motherthefilm.com), and follow with a panel and audience discussion.

About the Regenerating Solutions Salon series: The Bay Area environmental scene is rich with opportunities to volunteer, take action, and get politically engaged. What’s missing? A time and space for talking with others about questions, issues, and challenges that come up when engaging in environmental advocacy and personal action. The Ecology Center’s Regenerating Solutions Salon addresses this through presentations and facilitated discussions touching on a variety of topics. Co-hosted by the Institute for Population Studies (IPS) and co-sponsored by the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC). Come join this event Thursday, February 23rd from 7 to 9 pm. For more information, click here.

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