Are there too many people for our environment?


Are there too many people for our environment?



Right now waters are rising around the world, chemicals are seeping into our food and people are going hungry. Right now, wilderness is diminishing and cities are increasing in both size and density. In short we have an overpopulation problem and we have way too many environmental crises and no one seems to know what to do about any of it. On this’s episode of Why? we are going to tackle all of this at once by talking about overpopulation from an environmentalist’s perspective.

Phil Cafaro’s research foci are environmental ethics, consumption and population policy, and biodiversity preservation. He is the author of Thoreau’s Living Ethics: Walden and the Pursuit of Virtue, co-editor with Ron Sandler of the anthologies Environmental Virtue Ethics and Virtue Ethics and the Environment, and co-editor with Eileen Crist of the forthcoming Life on the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Population Growth.

He has published articles in Environmental Ethics, the Journal of Social Philosophy, Philosophy Today and BioScience, and in the Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, the Encyclopedia of World Environmental History, and the Encyclopedia Britannica. A former ranger with the U.S. National Park Service and an affiliated faculty member of CSU’s School of Global Ecological Sustainability, Cafaro is Vice President/President Elect of the International Society for Environmental Ethics.

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Here is a link to the video “Solar Freain’ Roadways” mentioned in our discussion:


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Institute for Philosophy in Public Life


Grand Forks, ND


Overpopulation--Environmental aspects ; Environmental ethics



Are there too many people for our environment?