The Population Factor, the show hosted by The Overpopulation Project’s own Phil Cafaro, returns with a second season, starting off with a discussion about the Nature Needs Half proposal.
by The Overpopulation Project
Wildlife populations are dwindling rapidly across much of the world and the number one cause is habitat loss, driven by excessive human numbers and expanding human economies. A new episode of The Population Factor discusses Nature Needs Half: a bold proposal to arrest this decline by dedicating half of Earth’s lands and seas as protected areas free from intensive economic use.
Amy Lewis, Vice President of Policy and Communications for the Wild Foundation, joins host Phil Cafaro for a wide-ranging discussion covering the current state of global biodiversity, recently proposed legislation in the US Congress to increase protected areas, arguments for and against Nature Needs Half, and the role limiting human numbers could play in achieving this inspiring vision.
The Population Factor kicks off its second season on Earthx TV, the new internet TV network. It aims to become the top spot for honest and probing discussion of population issues in the English-speaking world. Check out seasons one and two, available for free streaming on your computer. Or add the Earthx TV network on your smart TV and start streaming for free on the big (well, slightly bigger) screen!
To learn even more about Nature Needs Half, check out The Wild Foundation’s website and read these key publications:
* Reed Noss, Bolder thinking for conservation, Conservation Biology (2012)
* Helen Kopnina, Half the earth for people (or more)? Addressing ethical questions in conservation, Biological Conservation (2016)
* Stuart Pimm et al., How to protect half of Earth to ensure it protects sufficient biodiversity, Science Advances (2018)