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Published on June 21st, 2013 | by Scott Cooney

Population Connection Live Event Today To Cover America's Aging Population And The Environmental Ramifications of Population Growth

Population Connection EventRegardless of the environmental and health challenge we face today, whether it’s global climate change, solid waste, or toxic releases, the root cause can reasonably be traced back to one thing: a growing human population with unsustainable wants and needs.

The human population on Earth hit 7 billion 2 years ago, and we’ve been adding about a billion new mouths to feed every 12-14 years. Demographers suggest that we’re heading for anywhere from 10 to 15 billion, and as more global citizens require things like cars, refrigerators and clothing, the demands placed on our natural resources simply outpace the regenerative capability of those resources.

Still, there are pundits who have their heads in the sand and are calling for more births, higher birthrates, and less attention to global consequences. Several right-wing journalists have written op-eds in the New York Times calling for greater baby-making (see here and here, where David Brooks laments the fact that there are only 41% of Americans who think that having children is the key to a successful marriage and that there are now more American houses with dogs than with children).

It’s a very thinly veiled racism that motivates these “opinions”, make no mistake. In addition, high birth rate is by no means correlated with a strong economy, in fact quite the opposite. Birth rates in Zimbabwe and Sudan are extremely high, and those countries are in a world of hurt economically and socially as a result.

Population Connection, a nonprofit organization dedicated to education about stabilizing populations and improving the economy through smart growth, is hosting a live event today.

You can join the event here and participate live.

The agenda is as follows.

Welcoming Remarks
John Seager, President of Population Connection

Population Aging: A Necessary Feature of a Sustainable World
Hania Zlotnick

The Global Demographic/Fiscal Transition and Its Alarming Prospects for Low-Wage Workers
Laurence Kotlikoff

American Demographics and American Business
Jay Lorsch

Keynote Address: Demographic Perspectives on U.S. Economic Prospects
David Bloom

Supply Shock: Economic Growth at the Crossroads and the Steady State Solution
Part 2
Part 3
Brian Czech

Pathways to a Healthy Economy—Voices from the National Dialogue
Janet Mancini Billson

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About the Author

Scott Cooney (twitter: scottcooney) is an adjunct professor of Sustainability in the MBA program at the University of Hawai'i, green business startup coach, author of Build a Green Small Business: Profitable Ways to Become an Ecopreneur (McGraw-Hill), and developer of the sustainability board game GBO Hawai'i. Scott has started, grown and sold two mission-driven businesses, failed miserably at a third, and is currently in his fourth. Scott's current company has three divisions: a sustainability blog network that includes the world's biggest clean energy website and reached over 5 million readers in December 2013 alone; Pono Home, a turnkey and franchiseable green home consulting service that won entrance into the clean tech incubator known as Energy Excelerator; and Cost of Solar, a solar lead generation service to connect interested homeowners and solar contractors. In his spare time, Scott surfs, plays ultimate frisbee and enjoys a good, long bike ride. Find Scott on

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