Friday, May 6, 2011

Seven Billion People on the Planet

By the end of this year there will be 7 billion people on the Earth. That's a big number - if you started walking and counted your steps by the time you reached 7 billion you would have walked around the Earth 133 times. Just counting to 7 billion out loud would take 200 years.

The 2011 Aspen Environment Forum presented by the Aspen Institute in partnership with National Geographic will take place at the Aspen Institute May 30-June 2, 2011. It provides a critical framework for committed voices to address a significant milestone: A global population of 7 billion and how to reconcile Earth’s finite resources with its ability to sustain our expanding human needs.

The Forum will focus on five major themes:

CITIES — how to make them livable as they absorb 70 percent of the 7 billion.
ENERGY — where it will come from as oil production peaks and climate warms.
FOOD — how the world’s farmers can keep producing enough of it as land fills up.
GOODS — how industries can produce more with fewer resources and less waste.
NATURE — how to preserve more of it for the next generation.

The mission of the Aspen Environment Forum is to expand and enhance participant's views on key environmental issues and further their understanding of the complexities of the challenges through an exchange of ideas across an array of important environmental topics. The Aspen Environment Forum aims to challenge and advance the thinking of all invited speakers and attendees, and to build new levels of understanding that bridge cultural and political differences.

Click on the heading above to see a video that you should share with your students.

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