The People Factor

Population Growth,
Sustainability,
and Human Well-Being

BELIEF

What's the Point?

More than any concrete data or measurable study, belief is the environmental shaper of our personal and social identities and one that significantly influences our views on population growth and its impacts. As such, conversations on population growth have to exist within the context of many differing beliefs rather than working toward consensus based on one understanding.


How We'll Explore It

Human belief systems are fascinating. We will start by exploring what exactly belief is and why it is so very important to each and every person on the planet. We often think of belief as religious in nature, but both culture and societal trends often have more impact on how we see ourselves and others. We’ll visit specialist studying brain function and belief, and how what we believe informs how we see others. Education, particularly for girls and women, racism and ageism will particularly be examined in light of population growth.