WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 /Christian Newswire/ -- A press conference will be held to announce the release of "Demographic Winter: the decline of the human family."
When: February 12, 2008 at 1:00pm
Where: The National Press Club, (529 14th. St. NW, Washington, DC) in the Zenger Room
Why: To announce the release of a groundbreaking documentary, "Demographic Winter: the decline of the human family," on the catastrophic consequences of rapidly falling birthrates - a global phenomenon.
Worldwide, birthrates have declined by 50% in the past half-century. There are now 59 nations, with 44% of the world's population, with below replacement birthrates.
A birthrate of 2.1 is needed to replace current population. Continent-wide, the European birthrate is 1.3. By 2030, Europe is expected to have a shortfall of 20 million workers. Russia is expected to lose one- third of its current population by 2050.
In nations with declining populations, who will operate the factories and farms? Who will guard the frontiers? With a graying population (a declining birthrate combined with growing longevity), who will support pension systems and otherwise care for the elderly?
The documentary addresses these and other crucial questions.
Speakers: Maria Sophia Aguirre (Professor of Economics, Catholic University); Patrick Fagan (Senior Fellow, Family Research Council); Phillip Longman (Senior Fellow, New American Foundation and author of "The Empty Cradle: How Falling Birthrates Threaten World Prosperity And What To Do About It"); Dr. Allan Carlson (International Secretary, World Congress of Families); Jennifer Marshall (Director of Domestic Studies, the Heritage Foundation); and Christine Vollmer (Latin American Alliance for the Family).
There will be a screening of "Demographic Winter: the decline of the human family" the same day, 5pm at the Allison Auditorium of the Heritage Foundation (214 Massachusetts, Ave, N.W., Washington, DC).
A 3-minute trailer for the documentary can be viewed online at www.demographicwinter.com