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Population speaker – Sept. 16

The following event is part of the York Public Library film and author series.

Title: A World of Seven Billion and Growing – Is It Sustainable?

Presenter: John Seager, President of Population Connection

7pm Friday September 16, 2011

York Public Library

Since 1968, Population Connection (formerly Zero Population Growth or ZPG) has been America’s voice for population stabilization. It is the largest grassroots population organization in the United States. Population Connection has 130,000 members, supporters, and participating educators. As America’s largest grassroots population organization, it works on three main issue areas:

  • Protecting the Planet
  • Defending Women’s Rights
  • Ensuring Social Justice

The global population has grown from 3.5 billion when ZPG was founded, to nearly 7 billion today. Population growth rates have fallen around the world but the current global fertility rate is 2.5–still higher than the “replacement level” of 2.1 children per woman. According to the United Nations, at this rate the world’s population will grow to 11 billion by 2050 or as low as 8 billion, if the right programs are put in place now. Population Connection strives for the world to achieve the lower projection – for the sake of the environment itself and for the people who depend upon it.

Although the population has doubled, the earth and its resources have not.  People are central to all of the environmental and social issues facing the world today i.e.how many of us there are, how we behave, how we treat one another, how we value our planet. Our numbers and our lifestyles go hand-in-hand in determining the kind of world we will leave behind for future generations.

John Seager will show the  famous “dot” video , tracking world population growth since 1 AD. He will give historical information about the rate of worldwide population growth and how it impacts the finite resources of the earth.  He will discuss the different population projections and how our individual actions can have an impact.

There will be ample opportunity for questions and answers after his presentation.  John will also be speaking to the York Middle School eighth grade science classes on September 16.  The contact for the middle school is science teacher Jeff Wilford.

For more information about Population Connection please visit their website: populationconnection.org

John Seager, President and CEO
Mr. Seager was formerly with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and also served as Chief of Staff, Communications Director and District Director for U.S. Representative Peter H. Kostmayer. He holds a BA in Political Science from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Mr. Seager was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 2005.

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