John Seager will discuss the topic "Global Population: 6.8 Billion and Growing. Are We There Yet?" Mr. Seager is President and Chief Executive Officer of Population Connection, was formerly with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and also served as Chief of Staff for then-U.S. Representative Peter H. Kostmayer (D-PA). Population Connection is the national grassroots population organization that educates young people and advocates progressive action to stabilize world population at a level that can be sustained by Earth's resources. Population Connection has 150,000 members, supporters, and participating educators.
With the earth's population growing by one billion every dozen years, there is a clear connection between human population growth and virtually every global challenge from poverty to climate change and from species extinction to the political instability of failed nation-states. We know what needs to be done to achieve population stabilization, namely access to affordable voluntary family planning together with the full empowerment of women. The presentation includes a brief overview of the causes of rapid population growth, its impacts, and how to meet this challenge through voluntary approaches.
The luncheon is at 12:00 P.M. on Friday, May 22, 2009, in the Hourglass Room of the University Club and is open to members of ASEF and PASEF as well as members of the University Club.