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Stephen Emmott ‘Ten Billion’
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Dates and Times:
September 17, 7:30PM-9:00PM; (Doors Open at 6:30PM)
Humanity is facing an emergency, says Stephen Emmott: By the end of this century, Earth’s population will climb to more than 10 billion, and there aren’t enough resources for everyone. Over the past 200 years, our exponential increase in numbers has particularly strained our land, energy, food, and fresh water, and it’s causing catastrophic climate change. It’s too late to “do your bit for the environment,” Emmott says; too late to recycle, too late to buy an electric car—because time is running out. Emmott, the author of Ten Billion and leader of Microsoft’s Computational Science Laboratory in Cambridge, outlines what we really need to do about it: The only sure way to address global warming, water scarcity, overfishing, overfarming, species extinction, and other problems, he says, is to reduce the number of people; we must focus on the burden that each human places on Earth to see how each individual can consume less.