Tuesday, March 1 at 5:30 p.m. — RUTLAND — As population continues to grow and developing countries strive toward a standard of living like that enjoyed in the United States, we will be faced with new environmental and cultural challenges. Will we—and should we—be willing to give anything up in the way we live? What energy options are available to help maintain our current standard of living—and to extend that standard to others around the world? For an informative and thought-provoking discussion, join GMP on Tuesday, March 1, at the Energy Innovation Center in downtown Rutland for “Energy, Population Growth, and Consumption: Toward a Sustainable Future.”
The free public event begins at 5:30 p.m. and lasts approximately an hour. Light refreshments will be served.
Dr. Scott Roper of Castleton University examines the complex topic of energy, population growth and consumption, with the goal of moving toward a sustainable future.
“The Earth’s population has grown from about 2.5 billion people in 1950 to around 7.2 billion today, and it is expected to add another two or three billion by 2050. Although population clearly affects resource use, resource consumption — particularly consumption of nonrenewable resources, such as coal and oil — is actually what is driving many of our environmental crises,” Roper said.
Roper is an associate professor of geography at Castleton University. He is also coordinator of the Vermont Geographic Alliance, working with National Geographic and local educators to promote the teaching of geography in Vermont schools. He is a cultural and historical geographer.
The GMP Energy Innovation Center is located at 68-70 Merchants Row, Rutland.