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SPEAKER: WERNER FORNOS

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2011

 

Time: Membership Social at 7:30
Program at 8:00 p.m.

Location: Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. (behind the Visitor's Center) Directions and Map
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Abstract:

Werner Fornos

The earth’s population reached one billion in 1830; it doubled to two billion in 1930; three billion in 1960; four billion in 1975; five billion in 1986; and, in 1998, it reached six billion. In 2009 another milestone was reached when the number of people who are malnourished passed one billion. The problem of overpopulation is very real.

Though there have been significant strides in reducing population pressures, last year world population grew by nearly 80 million, with 99 percent of that growth occurring in the poorest parts of the world where people already face civil strife and social unrest, and many live in brutal poverty.
Werner Fornos is the principal spokesperson for Global Population Education. His remarks are non-partisan and non-religious, dealing solely with the powerful facts that must be dealt with.


The winner of the prestigious 2003 United Nations Population Award, Werner Fornos has been described as the foremost spokesperson on global population issues. He served as president of the Population Institute, a Washington, DC based nonprofit public interest group from 1982 until late 2005.
Not only has he been a distinguished administrator, holding high national and state positions, he also served four years as a Maryland state legislator.
Mr. Fornos is an internationally recognized expert on world population issues. He has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Maryland; The Order of Merit, the highest distinction granted by the German Government to a non-German citizen in recognition of humanitarian efforts; and the Service Above Self Award, the highest honor given by Rotary International. Fornos has been named Humanist of the Year by the American Humanist Association and is a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. He is a life-time honorary member of the Washington, DC Rotary Club and an active member of the Woodstock, Virginia, Rotary Club. Mr. Fornos is among the 50 persons in the world inducted into the Earth Times Magazine Hall of Fame for their distinguished contributions in the last decade to environment and development.
Mr. Fornos makes frequent national television and radio appearances and contributes to newspaper and magazine articles, appearing in such publications asThe Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Christian Science Monitor. He is the author of the book, "Gaining People, Losing Ground."
Mr. Fornos has dedicated his energies and talents to addressing a variety of people, including college students, members of civic organizations, and U.S. and U.N. officials -- pressing for what he calls "rational and humane solutions to the population problem."
For the past 12 years, Mr. Fornos has spearheaded the Eastern European and Central Asian Alliance of non-governmental organizations, working for responsible parenthood, with the primary goal of making every child born, wanted, properly cared for, loved, and educated.

 

 

Sponsor of this Month’s Program

This month’s program is being sponsored Ron Josey of Sterne Agee on Skidaway Island. Sterne Agee has provided sound financial advice and brokerage services to their clients for over 100 years, based on a belief that they succeed only when their clients thrive. The Savannah Council on World Affairs appreciates Ron’s support!