John Seager, November 2, 2012

“World Population – Seven Billion and Growing Rapidly”

Watch the program here.

Rapid population growth impacts all areas of human life and the environment. Serious social problems are also exacerbated by rapid population growth. It is very difficult—if not impossible—for families to climb out of poverty when couples begin childbearing early and have more children than they can afford to educate. And to complete the cycle, less educated children tend to grow up and have their own large families. Global population grows by approximately 80 million people annually. What can we do? This talk will give an overview of root causes, impacts and ways to meet the population challenge and will illustrate the intersections between population stabilization, the environment, social equity, and women’s empowerment.

 John Seager is the President and CEO of Population Connection, the preeminent grassroots group for population education and advocacy. He joined the organization for the first time in 1996 and previously served with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton Administration. Seager was also Chief of Staff for former U.S. Representative Peter H. Kostmayer (D-PA), a senior member of the House of Foreign Affairs and Interior committees.

 A graduate of Trinity College (CT) with a B.A. in Political Science, John travels throughout the country making presentations on global population growth. John has written articles on population stabilization, including its connections to poverty, its future outcomes, and the concern about population decline in some highly developed nations. He has lectured and presented at the University of Chicago, Smith College, and the University of California, San Diego, and many others.

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