At Last: A Case for Cautious Optimism

Thursday, March 8, 2018 • 7:30–8:30 p.m.
Kanbar Forum

Free for After Dark members
Adults Only (18+)

The number of people on this planet quadrupled in the 20th century. Currently at 7.6 billion people, world population continues to grow by millions every year. If it continues at the rapid rate it’s going, the impacts upon our planet and way of life may be enormous.

But what if the population growth rate slows down instead? Join us as educator and Fisher Bay Observatory Fellow Steve Rackley demonstrates how a natural evolution of human demographics is currently slowing down global population growth. While birthrate projections cannot be certain, Rackley presents a case for cautious optimism.  

Steve Rackley is a UK high-school educator and teacher trainer specializing in anthropology and environmental science. He is currently working in the Exploratorium Environment Group as a Fisher Bay Observatory Fellow and has been writing about his sabbatical experiences at the museum in his blog "geogramblings."