Erle Ellis’s long view of population growth

Sep 16, 2013
Earth seen from Apollo 17

Erle Ellis just got to the GSD for his stint as visiting associate professor of landscape architecture and he’s already making a splash. In an opinion piece for the N.Y. Times, he challenges the conventional wisdom that human population growth is outstripping the earth’s ability to provide sustenance.

“The idea that humans must live within the natural environmental limits of our planet denies the realities of our entire history, and most likely the future,” he writes. “Our planet’s human-carrying capacity emerges from the capabilities of our social systems and our technologies more than from any environmental limits.”

Read the op-ed “Overpopulation Is Not the Problem.”

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