KIE alum speaks out against overpopulation

Former KIE Fellow Travis Rieder is the focus of a pair of recent episodes of the Conversation Earth series, a weekly radio show and podcast aimed at “exploring our place on the planet.”

Dr. Rieder, now Assistant Director for Education Initiatives and a Research Scholar at the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University, asks hard questions about procreation. Given the scientifically-documented, large-scale impact of human population growth on the climate — and the fact that deciding not to have one child is over 20 times more effective at reducing carbon footprint than a lifetime doing the six most common “green” activities — do we have a moral imperative not to have children, or to have only one child?

The topic is also the focus of Rieder’s recent book, Toward a Small Family Ethic: How Overpopulation and Climate Change are Affecting the Morality of Procreation.

The interview is spread across two episodes, “Moral Basis for Small Families” and “Public Policy Brakes on Procreation?” Access both below.

Listen to part one »

Listen to part two »