Date: Thursday 6 June
Speaker: Professor Peter Singer
Location: Drawing Room
Fifty years ago, Paul Ehrlich’s The Population Bomb asserted that population growth would lead to widespread famines in the 1970s and 80s. Fortunately, those famines did not eventuate. The alarm raised by Ehrlich and other authors led to governments taking coercive steps to slow population growth and since then, there has been, in the international NGO sector, a taboo on discussing population. Since then, the rate of population growth has fallen, but the world’s population is still growing, especially in the poorest nations. Professor Singer will discuss some of the ethical issues that underlie the question of whether population growth is a problem and if so, what would be ethically defensible means of overcoming it.