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Climate Change, Population, and the Shape of the Future

Join the Wilson Center, in partnership with the Population Institute, for part one of a two-part series on climate change and population.

Date & Time

Oct. 25, 2022
11:00am – 12:30pm ET


This November, headlines around the world will feature the 27th UN Climate Conference (COP 27) and the world leaders who convene in hopes of moving the needle on climate action. That same month, world population is expected to surpass 8 billion, more than double what it was when many of those world leaders were born. Population and climate change are more often than not siloed in the attention they receive, their inclusion in risk analyses, and in policy responses. And while both climate and population trends are helping to define our future, looking at the two trends together—both in terms of risk as well as potential responses—is key to producing a more accurate picture of where we’re headed, and how to strengthen our collective resilience.

Join the Wilson Center, in partnership with the Population Institute, to hear from an expert panel on how climate change and population trends are shaping our world, and what this means for understanding future risk and potential solutions.


Marco Vinicio Cerezo Blandón

General Manager, Foundation for Ecodevelopment and Conservation (FUNDAECO)

Charles Kabiswa

Executive Director, Regenerate Africa

Heather Randell

Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology & Demography, Penn State University

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