Since 1970, the human population has doubled and populations of wild vertebrate animals have more than halved (WWF). Is this coincidence? If not, what does a population set to grow by a further billion people every generation mean for our flora and fauna, and for our own species? And most important of all, can we apply the brakes?
The role of human population growth in crashing biodiversity has been highlighted by high profile conservationists for decades. Still, however, addressing human population as one of the solutions to the Sixth Mass Extinction is scarcely on the conservation agenda. This talk examines the facts and the myths about population and what can be done about it, arguing that it is time to break the taboo.
Alistair Currie is Head of Campaigns and Communications at Population Matters, a UK-based charity which campaigns to achieve a sustainable human population, to protect the natural world and improve people’s lives. Before joining Population Matters in 2016, his campaigning career included roles at Cruelty Free International, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and Free Tibet.