The Earth Institute, Columbia University presents, "The World at 7 Billion: Sustaining our Future" an exploration of the environmental and social consequences caused by rapid population growth. This year we reach another milestone in global population growth, 7 billion inhabitants of Earth. It has only taken us 12 years to add an additional 1 billion people to the planet. This kind of rapid population growth puts strains on environmental, political, and financial resources.
Keynote: Joel E. Cohen, Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professor of Populations, Rockefeller University; Professor of Populations, Columbia University
Moderator: Matthew Bishop, US Business Editor and New York Bureau Chief, The Economist
Columbia University Panelists: Ruth S. DeFries, Denning Professor of Sustainable Development; Chair, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology; Jean-Marie Guehenno, Arnold Saltzman Professor of Professional Practice, School of International and Public Affairs; Upmanu Lall, Alan and Carol Silberstein Professor; Director, Columbia Water Center; Klaus Lackner, Maurice Ewing and J. Lamar Worzel Professor of Geophysics, Director, Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy; Jeffrey D. Sachs, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Professor of Health Policy; Director, The Earth Institute