Join us this spring for our virtual demography series! Hannah Evans, our Senior Analyst, will host educational sessions once a month from March to June which will explore the various ways in which human population trends and dynamics affect global sustainable development and environmental change. Throughout this series, we will answer questions such as: What are the precursors for development within a society? What affects fertility rates? What is the relationship between fertility rates, poverty, and access to social and natural resources? What does it mean to employ a “human rights approach” to population and environment studies?
This series will cover many topics, including demography, inequality, population growth, fertility, human impacts on the environment, industrialization, the demographic dividend, climate vulnerability, global health, women’s rights, voluntary family planning, climate justice, and reproductive justice.
This session introduces the field of study known as “demography.” We will define important concepts, including age and sex compositions within a country, population projections, processes of urbanization, fertility rates, and migration.
Using the foundations of demography introduced in the first session of the series, we’ll explore how human development intersects with the environment. We will investigate the connections between industrialization, living standards, consumption patterns, and the availability of natural resources at regional and societal scales. Additionally, we’ll discuss the relationship between population growth, poverty, fertility rates, and environmental sustainability within the broader contexts of climate change and global inequality.
This session defines the demographic dividend and explores the processes by which it is realized within a society. We will discuss how the demographic dividend can be harnessed in ways that promote—rather than inhibit—socio-economic advancement. Slowing population growth by increasing access to comprehensive reproductive health care, voluntary family planning, and education—especially for women and girls—is necessary for achieving the demographic dividend.
The last session of this series explores how empowering women facilitates development and eases environmental pressures made worse by climate change. We will investigate how the status of women affects both sustainability and state stability within a society, especially within the contexts of reproductive health, family planning, and education. This concluding session posits that prioritizing women’s reproductive rights—especially universal access to voluntary family planning—is necessary for achieving more stable and sustainable communities.