Travis Rieder, bioethicist & author of Toward a Small Family Ethic
Madeleine Somerville, writer/blogger/columnist & author of All You Need is Less
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Previously the rarest of rarities, news stories and public dialog about the link between family size and carbon emissions have burst onto the landscape over the last year. Bioethicist Travis Rieder deserves a lot of credit for this positive development. He has discussed the subject on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and NetFlix’s Bill Nye Saves the World, and his work on this has been featured in the UK Guardian, Bloomberg, Foreign Policy Magazine, and New Scientist.
GrowthBusters is excited to invite Rieder in for this conversation. He’s uniquely qualified. His success broaching this topic is due to his objective scientific approach, coupled with an impressive sensitivity to the emotional hazards of questioning procreative freedom.
Rieder wrote the short book, Toward a Small Family Ethic: How Overpopulation and Climate Change Are Affecting the Morality of Procreation, and co-authored the paper, Population Engineering and the Fight Against Climate Change. He is Assistant Director for Education Initiatives and a Research Scholar at the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University.
Madeleine Somerville penned the book All You Need Is Less: A Guilt-Free Guide to Eco-Friendly Green Living and Stress-Free Simplicity. She also wrote the All You Need is Less column for the UK Guardian. She has a BA in Sociology, with a concentration in Criminology, Deviance and Social Control.