Robert Walker, í73, JD The World at Seven Billion Tuesday, March 19 7 p.m., Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center Robert Walker is the President of the Population Institute, where he directs the organization's advocacy and public education activities, including its work on issues related to health, economic development, sustainability and the environment. Prior to joining the Population Institute in February 2009, Mr. Walker was President of the Population Resource Center. He formerly was the Executive Director of the Common Cause Education Fund, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to promote open, honest and accountable government.
He also served for three years as President of Handgun Control, Inc. and the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence, and four years as legislative director at Handgun Control, where he led the lobbying campaigns that led to the successful passage of the Brady Law and the federal assault weapons ban. Prior to his work for Handgun Control, Mr. Walker worked for a total of 14 years on Capitol Hill, including five years as a legislative aide to Rep. John B. Anderson and six years as Legislative Director to Rep. Mo Udall, the Chairman of the House Interior Committee. He also served for two years as Legislative Counsel for the American Association of Retired Persons.
Mr. Walker received his B.A. in Economics from Rockford College and his J.D. from the University of Illinois School of Law. He attended the University of Sydney in Australia under a Rotary graduate fellowship.
Mr. Walkerís presentation will examine what projected population growth means for people, posterity, and the planet. He will discuss how rapid population growth in the least developed countries is frustrating efforts to eliminate hunger and abolish severe poverty. He will talk about the impact that climate change, water scarcity, and the rising costs of food and energy are likely to have on the UNís Millennium Development Goals and future development prospects. Mr. Walker will caution that the demands we are placing on the planet are exceeding planetary boundaries, jeopardizing the environment, and imperiling the welfare of future generations. However, he will also emphasize that the UN population projections, though widely accepted, are not written in stone, and that even small changes in fertility rates could dramatically affect future population projections.
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