Panel Debate on Overconsumption vs. Overpopulation – KCL Sustainability Week

What is the true driver of environmental, social and economic disorder in the 21st century?

The world is confronted with a multitude of environmental, social and economic challenges.

How do we contain global warming? How do we feed, provide for and educate the 10, 11 or even 12 billion people expected this century? And what about biodiversity? Surely, the fishes, insects and animals need a home too? After all, they were here first.

It is unquestionable that a rapidly growing global population places additional pressures on our ecosystems, communities and politics. But is mitigating the above challenges merely a question of reducing or stabilising population growth? Or is challenging and changing our consumptive ways the answer, particularly as we are consuming more resources than in any other time in the history of civilization?

Is there room for 12 billion to thrive if we change our diet, switch to renewable energy across the globe or implement genuinely progressive reforms to wealth redistribution and land access?

Addressing these questions with evidence, compassion and an open-mind will be key to ensuring a stable planet with thriving citizens for centuries to come.

We encourage you join us as and a diverse panel of speakers as we get to grips with one of the defining issues of our time in one of our headline events for Sustainability Week 2017.

The event will be chaired by Olivia Preston, Operations Sustainability Manager at King’s and panellists include:

  • Asad Rehman – Senior Climate Campaigner, Friends of the Earth
  • Kate Raworth – Author of Doughnut Economics and Visiting Research Associate, Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute
  • Alistair Currie – Head of Campaigns, Population Matters
  • David Powell – Environment Lead, New Economics Foundation

Entry is on a first come, first serve basis.

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