Population, Justice & the Environmental Challenge Echegary, Shannon, Castro, Mazur

Climate change has rocketed to the top of the public agenda, prompting a resurgence of interest in the relationships among population growth, climate change and other environmental issues. But, too often, the conversation about population issues is framed in a way that threatens human rights, focusing on "population control" and severe restrictions on immigration. Is it possible to confront our growing numbers and environmental impact while advancing human rights and well-being? The panelists for this session will grapple with that question, by examining the global context of trade and development policies and exploring the impact of those policies on human and environmental health in the developing world. They will also propose a social justice framework for understanding and addressing the connection between population dynamics and environmental quality. With Jacqueline Nolley Echegaray, Moriah Fund; Denise Shannon, Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health and Rights; Joan Castro, PATH Foundation (Philippines); and Laurie Mazur, author