In 1998, Carl Sagan wrote "At present there are about 6 billion humans. In 40 years, if the doubling time stays constant, there will be 12 billion; in 80 years, 24 billion; in 120 years, 48 billion. But few believe the Earth can support so many people. Because of the power of this exponential increase, dealing with global poverty now will be much cheaper and much more humane, it seems, than whatever solutions will be available to us many decades hence. Our job is to bring about a worldwide demographic transition and flatten out that exponential curve—by eliminating grinding poverty, making safe and eective birth control methods widely available, and extending real political power (executive, legislative, judicial, military, and in institutions influencing public opinion) to women. If we fail, some other process, less under our control, will do it for us.”

The National Academies of Science, A Hundred Years, and Imagined Futures are hosting One Night to Save the World, round two of our event series wherein science, entertainment, business, and policy converge to summon the citizens of Los Angeles to conjure a daringly optimistic future. For our next topic, we are imagining an overpopulated world.

Join us as a group of brilliant panelists explore the latest in science and policy that very well might just save the world ... or at least motivate us to try. Taking inspiration from science and science fiction, acclaimed screenwriters Stephany Folsom (Toy Story 4) and Doing Jung (Star Trek: Beyond) will transform these big ideas into stories fit for the big screen.

 

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