Paul R Ehrlich: Mass Extinction and Collapse

Wednesday 20 November, 2019
Leighton Hall, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington, NSW 2033

Is there still time to save our planet, or is ecological bankruptcy inevitable?

For decades, scientists have been warning us about damage to our ecosystems and impending climate catastrophe, but those in positions of power have failed to act. As extinctions accelerate and the devastating impact of human activity on the environment becomes clear, have we finally reached a tipping point?

Ecologist Paul Ehrlich believes Earth’s capacity to maintain life as we know it is under threat, as we live through the “sixth mass extinction”. He insists scientists should “tell it like it is” and become catalysts for social and political change. So, is there still time to save our planet or is ecological bankruptcy inevitable?

Chaired by Richard Kingsford, Director of the Centre for Ecosystem Science, UNSW Sydney.

This event is presented the UNSW Centre for Ideas and supported by UNSW Science.


Paul R. Ehrlich is Bing Professor of Population Studies Emeritus and President of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University. His 1968 bestseller The Population Bomb was the catalyst for modern environmental concerns about over-population. He has continued to research and publish widely on topics in population biology, ecology, evolution, human ecology, and environmental science. His current interest includes studying ways of shifting human behaviour to foster environmental sustainability.


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