FORUM April 23: Move Upstream A Call to Solve Overpopulation

Sunday, April 23

9:30-10:15am | Lower Assembly Hall

Dr. Karen I. Shragg speaking

Our world is overpopulated with people and they’re using up too much of the earth’s limited resources. This fact lies outside of the typical activist’s perspective and doesn’t fit into society’s dominant anthropocentric worldview. When it comes to our use of natural resources, we [are] not taught to consider our numbers. We cannot progress at 5.5 billion over our limit and growing by 78 mil a year.

Karen Schragg is a lifelong environmentalist, naturalist, educator, author and overpopulation activist. She began her career as a naturalist in 1983 and as the director of the City of Richfield’s Wood Lake Nature Center in 1991. She is passionate about the role nature centers can make in keeping communities thriving. She is a former public and private school teacher and received two of her three degrees from the University of Minnesota, all in education. Karen received her doctorate from the University of St. Thomas in 2002 where she studied critical pedagogy and its implications for the future of nature centers.

She writes children’s books, the most well known of which is the Nature’s Yucky series by Mountain Press. Her books for adults are called, “Grieving Outside the Box, Stories of Hope and Resilience” and The Wolf Within, Poems to Awaken and Inspire in Times Like these. She conducts lectures on topics ranging from How to Write Childrens Books, To Wild Edible Cooking.

As a member of the advisory board of the non-profit “World Population Balance”, she has become deeply alarmed by the lack of discourse surrounding the overpopulation crisis. In 2015, her book Move Upstream, A Call for Overpopulation was published . She lectures about her book to diverse groups and has traveled to China to speak about this issue. She is currently working on a documentary short film called, “Move Upstream”.

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