Thursday 31 October 2013

"Avoiding a collapse of civilisation"

Paul Ehrlich - Avoiding a collapse of civilisation: Our chances, prospects and pathways forward

A special event presented by the Environment Institute at the University of Adelaide and the Fenner School of Environment & Society at the Australian National University. Environmental problems have contributed to numerous collapses of civilizations in the past. Now, for the first time, a global collapse appears possible and at the same time avoidable. Population growth supercharged by significantly increasing consumption interacting with our choices of technologies are major drivers. Dramatic cultural change provides the main hope of averting calamity.

Paul and Anne Ehrlich have written a paper on how humanity's global civilisation is threatened with collapse by an array of environmental problems. In this special presentation, Professor Ehrlich gives a talk about his recent conclusions.

Professor Ehrlich is then be joined by leading ecological scientists to participate in an in-depth panel discussion.

The panel includes Professor Corey Bradshaw from the Environment Institute, Professor David Lindenmayer from ANU, and Professor Graham Pyke from University of Technology Sydney. Professor Stephen Dovers, Director of the Fenner School of Environment chairs the panel session.

Paul Ehrlich is the Bing Professor of Population Studies in the department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University, president of Stanford's Center for Conservation Biology and Adjunct Professor, University of Technology, Sydney. By training he is an entomologist specializing in Lepidoptera (butterflies), but he is also a prominent ecologist and demographer. Ehrlich is best known for his dire warnings about population growth and limited resources. He became well-known after publication

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