Close
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Search
Your Shopping Basket
Total number of items: 0
Sub total: £0.00
Go to Checkout
Our Birmingham Shop
Our Bristol Shop
Animators Survival Kit

Fred Pearce tells Hay Festival over-population is 'dangerous nonsense'

3rd June 2010

Environmental activist and author Fred Pearce claims that over-population is not likely to be a major problem.

Speaking at the Guardian Hay Festival, Pearce, whose books include Confessions of an Eco Sinner and When the Rivers Run Dry, claimed that the spread of feminism and improved women's rights in poor countries was helping to defuse the global population 'timebomb'.

He argued that over-population 'doomsayers' such as Sir David Attenborough, Jonathon Porritt and Jeremy Irons were scaremongering and had not understood the implications of global fertility patterns.

'I believe they are talking dangerous nonsense. The population timebomb is being defused, fast,' Pearce was reported by the Guardian as saying.

However, Pearce warned there were other risks, highlighting the 'consumption boom' as a potential threat.

He claimed that environmentalists need to stop tackling the non-existent over-population issue and focus on reducing the western world's addiction to consumption.

Pearce is currently the environmental consultant for New Scientist magazine.

Latest Blog
Romancing the Silver Screen
27/07/2017

Jenn Bennett explores the role of the movies in her own life and in her new YA novel, Alex Approximately.

From Page to Stage - Adapting The Hunting of the Snark
24/07/2017

Garry McQuinn, Producer of The Hunting of the Snark, which opens this week at London's Vaudeville Theatre, describes the journey from page to stage.

#FoylesFive: Celebrating Beer
23/07/2017

Earlier this year, Belgian beer culture finally officially took its rightful place on the World's Intangible Cultural Heritage list, where it now sits in good company with the likes of the French gastronomic meal, Cuban rumba and Spanish flamenco. To celebrate, here is a far from exhaustive selection of some of the beer literature that can help you better appreciate the delicate arts of brewing and drinking beer.

View all Blog Entries
Twitter
Show/Hide Tweets
© W&G Foyle Ltd