Introduction

Future child health and world human population: Relationships between population size, enrivonmental effects and the health and well-being of children

The consequences of overpopulation on the environment, the climate and the extinction of other species are widely acknowledged and are likely to be catastrophic unless urgent action is taken. Despite this, global efforts to reduce or reverse world population growth are low on the agenda for most international organizations and governments, and too little research is being conducted in this area to affect change. Overpopulation is also likely to severely compromise health outcomes of children in the near future. There have been few projections on the effects of population growth on health, or more specifically on the health and well-being of children in the future.

This workshop will therefore set out to provide a platform to develop the best possible scientific analysis of relationships between global population size, environmental effects and the health and well-being of children with a view to understanding the global health implications of this issue and creating strategies to address this.

The aims of the International Research Roundtable are to:

  1. Stimulate excellent scientific research into relationships between population size, environmental effects and the health and well-being of children. The Roundtable centers on children rather than adults, as we should see it as our responsibility to deliver a life-sustaining and environmentally-intact planet to future generations of children. 
  2. To use data generated from the Roundtable to develop successful strategies to reduce population growth without compromising human rights and individual freedom. These strategies will be employed to convince international organizations and governments to take action on population growth to the benefit of both the environment and child health as a priority in their policies.

Contact Name

Alicia Annamalay alicia.annamalay@uwa.edu.au