NEWS 2021-10-20

Population and environmental change

A video is now released of the symposium Population and environmental change, which took place at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences 23-24 September, 2021.

The world’s record population has a huge impact on the earth’s ecosystem and climate. But while today’s people are on average healthier, live longer and have a higher standard of living than in previous centuries, we are completely dependent on functioning natural systems and the ecosystem services they provide.

The Environment Committee and the Beijer Institute organized this international symposium examining how demographics affect the environment and what impact changes in the environment and climate can have on the population. World-leading researchers in demography, geography and sociology lectured and answered questions and the symposium ended with a panel discussion on the topic “Which demographic issue is most important for the transition to a sustainable future?”, with an interdisciplinary panel.

Watch videos here

Professor Lori Hunter, University of Colorado, USA.
Professor Leiwen Jiang, Asian Demographic Research Institute (ADRI), Shanghai University, China and Population Council, USA.
Professor Eric Lambin, Stanford University, USA and University of Louvain, Belgium.
Professor Wolfgang Lutz, Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, OeAW, University of Vienna), Austria.
Professor Karen Seto, Yale University, USA.

Professor Gustaf Arrhenius, The Institute for Futures Studies, Sweden.
Dr. Wendy Broadgate, Future Earth, Sweden.
Professor Line Gordon, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Sweden.
Professor Thomas Sterner, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Moderator: Agneta Sundin, Beijer Institute