How many people is too many?

How do we sustain the population of our planet without creating an ecological disaster?

That’s the dilemma author Christopher Tucker wrestles with in his his thought-provoking book, A Planet of 3 Billion, during the next John Wright Speaker Series sponsored by the Severn River Association.

The Earth already sustains 7.5 billion people and we’ll be home to 9 billion. Christopher Tucker asks, “What can be done? Can the Earth sustain us all?”

The picture detailed in Tucker’s book isn’t pretty.

Join us for Tucker’s presentation at Union Jack’s of Annapolis, Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.

Here’s the subtitle to his book: Mapping Humanity’s Long History of Ecological Destruction and Finding Our Way to a Resilient Future: A Global Citizen’s Guide to Saving the Planet.

A key point Tucker makes is that he sees the Earth having “a people problem,” one that is more threatening than climate change and biodiversity loss.

In effect, Tucker’s book echoes the famous scene in the movie, The Matrix, where Agent Smith explains to Morpheus that humans are a like a virus – where human beings move to a host area, multiply, consume all the natural resources, kill the host and then spread to another area to repeat the process.