Monday, April 13, 2009

Human Population and Climate Change?

There have been lots of people who have warned about ecological catastrophes from Thomas Malthus to Rachel Carson to James Lovelock and E.O. Wilson. But one of the enduring voices of the late-20th and early 21st-century has been Paul Ehrlich who wrote The Population Bomb in the late 60s which argues that human population explosions are tied to an impending climate change, extinction, and a host of other problems. He's just written a new book, The Dominant Animal (which I haven't read yet) and he's talked about it in the following lecture at Stanford. That last link is a link to a Ehrlich's website.

What I think is most amazing is that he addresses the problem of how we are schooled and educated about how the world works. How does population work? What are its effects? How do we live more simply? These are questions to ask after watching and reading him.

You can also watch this shorter video from

The Dominant Animal by Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich from Island Press on Vimeo.

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