Deep Ecology, Part 5: Human Reproduction – The Ecological Pile Driver

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Deep Ecology for the 21st Century, Part 5: Human Reproduction – The Ecological Pile Driver with Paul Ehrlich

“If we don’t do something about human numbers, we’re essentially cooked.” This is from one of the world’s foremost experts on limiting population growth. Paul Ehrlich is the author of the 1968 classic bestseller The Population Bomb, and here he gives an update three decades later. He explains the major issues—what has gotten better, what is worse, and what to do now. “It’s not a matter of debate that we have to reduce the scale of the human enterprise,” he notes. “That’s a given. The issue is what are the most sane, humane and effective ways of beginning to reduce the scale of our enterprise?” Listen and find out about the bigger picture, and how you can be part of making it a brighter one. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Ehrlich is a biologist, Bing Professor of Population Studies at Stanford University, and president of Stanford's Center for Conservation Biology. Ehrlich is the author of many books, including:

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • An update to Ehrlich’s 1968 book on overpopulation
  • The misunderstandings common among the general public
  • What you can do, starting now
  • Strategies for birth-rate control—what works and what doesn’t
  • The three major influences on environmental impact
  • The misinformation campaign denying global warming
  • Why butterflies are important
  • What’s better than recycling
  • Biodiversity—its importance and its fragility
  • The things that make people feel good

Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 10/1/1998      Program Number: 2720

Music Included

From Album: One Thousand Years
Artist: Tuu
1992 SDV Records
Track - Pan America

From Album: Kinetic Vapors
Artist: Kit Watkins
1993 Linden Music #LM 2014
Track - Seduction Coil

From Album: A Month In The Brazilian Rainforest: Rain Forest
Artist: Ruth Happel
1990 Rykodisc #RCD 30181
Track - Rain Forest