NPG is pleased to recommend Breaking New Ground: A Personal History, the autobiography of global environmental activist Lester Brown. Praised by the Washington Post as “one of the world’s most influential thinkers,” he is the winner of multiple honorary awards and has published several works on the global environmental movement. Brown’s efforts – including his founding of both the Worldwatch Institute and Earth Policy Institute – have long been praised by NPG. In 1997, Brown was a keynote speaker at a joint NPG and FAIR press conference titled Reinventing Malthus for the 21st Century, which centered on John Rohe’s book A Bicentennial Malthusian Essay. A McArthur Fellow award winner and recipient of the United Nations Environmental Prize, Brown’s history of activism is sure to be a fascinating and educational tale.
World population, now over 7.3 billion, is predicted to rise to 9 billion by 2050, an increase of almost two billion, or 23%, in the short space of only 34 years from now.In the highly unlikely event that per capita greenhouse gas emissions could possibly be decreased by an equal percentage in such a short space of time (a blink of an eye) the total amount of worldwide emission would remain the same!
From this simple illustration it would appear that without drastically reducing the size of world population, there is no solution to the problem.None at all.So then why do our world leaders pretend that there is one?What is to be gained by pretending rather than by proposing a solution that would solve the problem – a reduction in the size of world population to not more than 1- 2 billion?