Population Ethics; Kate Lovelady, Leader

It wasn’t too many years ago that the coming “population bomb” was front-page news, with dire predictions of a soon-overloaded Earth. More recently, the news has switched to the “baby bust” in some countries as birth rates decline rapidly, with dire predictions of economies soon unable to support their aging populations. And yet global climate change, driven in part by swelling numbers of people, remains the most serious threat to many species, including humans. This platform address will explore the current state of population-related issues and the ethical questions that arise, from family planning to social policy.