Cafe Inquiry is our monthly casual get-together to meet people and discuss topics of science and humanism.
This month's discussion topic:
Is the Earth overpopulated? And if so, what, if anything, should be done about it?
In 1800 the earth’s population was 1 billion people; today it is 7 billion and is projected to grow through to 9-11 billion by mid-century. Overpopulation causes or exacerbates global warming, pollution, resource depletion, species extinction, deforestation, crowded and unsanitary living conditions, hunger, and disease. However, some argue that the root cause is not not overpopulation per se, but is waste and overconsumption, especially by wealthy nations. Proposed solutions include increased education about family planning, greater access to birth control, contraception, and abortion, and incentives or legal sanctions to limit births. Is there a realistic way to manage the overpopulation of our planet while still taking into consideration the needs of those who live here now?
No outside food or drink allowed. Free and open to the public.
Interested in leading a discussion or have someone to recommend? Please contact us at mhensley[at]centerforinquiry.net.