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Facing the Future Vox Pops
Videos of an event held at Newcastle University, 5th November 2011

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Vox pop interviews with participants of The Great Debate: Facing the Future, a day of active debate and documentary-making held as part of ESRC Festival of Social Science 2011. Participants took a critical look at current discussions around population and the limits to social and technical engineering.

Just five days after global population was predicted by the UN to reach seven billion, the debate "Too Many People?" examined what problems we might face if world population reaches the predicted nine billion in forty years, engaging with the contrasting views that there are too many people and that people are the solution to environmental problems. With Patrick Hayes, political commentator, Spiked Online Sandy Irvine, Chair, Newcastle Green Party Roger Martin, Chair, Population Matters; and Ludi Simpson, Professor of Population Studies, Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research.

In an era when "technical fixes" are dismissed by many as inappropriate to solve problems, yet belief in social change is generally viewed as naive and unrealistic, the debate over how we approach the future could not be more pertinent. In the debate "Engineering the Future", Ian Abley, architect and director of audacity and Barry K Gills, Professor of Global Politics, Newcastle University scrutinized the idea that we can engineer our way to a better future and asked whether technology can continue to improve our quality of life.

Sixth form student Heather Robinson's initial thoughts on population and technical fixes


Heather reflects on what has and hasn't changed


Sixth form student Emily Oldroyd's initial thoughts on the topics


Emily's reflections at the end of the day


Helen Adams' thoughts on population and technical fixes


University student Jennifer Thompson on population and technical fixes


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