The World at Seven Billion
Robert Walker, ’73, JD
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. Previously, he 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.
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. Walker’s 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 UN’s Millennium Development Goals and future development prospects. 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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