“Right now, half the world’s population – some 3 billion people – are under the age of 25,” began Laurie Mazur
on the “Population, Climate, and Consumption
” panel at the Society for Environmental Journalists 20th Annual Conference
. “It’s the largest generation ever that’s coming of age, and the choices that those young men and women make about childbearing will determine whether world population…grows to anywhere between 8 and 11 billion by the middle of this century.”
“The good news is that everything we need to do to slow population growth is something we should be doing anyway,” she continued. Mazur is the author of A Pivotal Moment: Population, Justice, and the Environmental Challenge
and director of the Population Justice Project
She was joined on the panel by Brian O’Neill, who spoke about a new study examining the impact of demographics on carbon emissions, and Jack Liu, who spoke about the impact of household size on emissions in China.
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