|Anita King ’37 at her home in Williamsburg, MA.|
King’s interest in people and the planet that have helped her shape the lives of countless others. At 95, King recently retired from her post as chair of the population program for the Massachusetts chapter of the Sierra Club. In that role for 15 years, she’s worked ardently to help people understand the correlation between population stabilization, the survival of natural resources, and women’s health and education.
In April 2011, King retired as chair of the population program for the Massachusetts chapter of the Sierra Club.
King’s persistence paid off in many ways, particularly in bringing to Smith such influential speakers as Margaret Catley-Carlson, the chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Water Security, and Thoraya Obaid, the executive director of the United Nations Population Fund. King cites Catley-Carlson as one of the most important presentations she has arranged, since water is a major environmental and population issue.
The Population Crisis: What You Can Do
The United Nations predicts that by 2050 there will be 9 to 11 billion people on earth, a number that the planet won’t be able support due to limited natural resources, clean water, and food. What can we do now to address the population crisis? King suggests:
- Ask Congress to increase funds for international family planning and reproductive health.
- Ask Congress to send students abroad to teach literacy, methods to purify water, and ways to develop sanitation.
- Consume less energy.
Eat less meat.
Change our farm policies.
Jane Falla is assistant editor at the AASC