Is the planet full? | University of Oxford

Is the planet full?

Professor Charles Godfray, Professor Ian Goldin, Professor Yadvinder Malhi, Dr Toby Ord
17:00 - 18:00
Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street

Lecture Theatre

Lectures and seminars

Can our planet continue to support a growing population estimated to reach 10 billion people by the middle of the century? What are the impacts of population growth?

While it is common to hear about the problems of overpopulation, might there be unexplored benefits of increasing numbers of people in the world? How can we both consider and harness the potential benefits brought by a healthier, wealthier and larger population? May more people mean more scientists to discover how our world works, more inventors and thinkers to help solve the world's problems, more skilled people to put these ideas into practice?

In this book, leading academics with a wide range of expertise in demography, philosophy, biology, climate science, economics and environmental sustainability explore the contexts, costs and benefits of a burgeoning population on our economic, social and environmental systems.

The panel discussion will be followed by a book signing and drinks reception.