All posts by Robert Engelman

Perspective: Building a Better Future for Girls Builds a Better World

“Thank heaven for little girls,” Maurice Chevalier sang in the Oscar-winning 1958 movie musical Gigi. But even in his gentlemanly French-accented voice, there was the hint of a leer, a premonition of what is to come. What Chevalier’s character is actually most grateful for about little girls is that “they grow up in … Continue Reading ››

Whether or Not Cheering Is Warranted, There Are Ways to Celebrate World Population Day

As we advance well into the 21st century, what are we to make of World Population Day, which falls—thanks to a 1989 declaration of the United Nations—every year on July 11?

World Population Day was first informally celebrated in 1987, with the date chosen as the UN’s best guess as to when the world’s population … Continue Reading ››

Is There a Place for Family Planning Advocacy in Environmental Work?

Ask environmental leaders where voluntary family planning fits into their organizations’ missions and goals, and most will draw a blank. Their tasks are hard and often controversial enough without promoting expanded access to contraception, some might respond. Others might dismiss the importance of family planning with statements along the lines of “it’s not our numbers, but … Continue Reading ››

Women’s Empowerment and the Environment: What Does Science Say?

“Sisters are doin’ it for themselves, standin’ on their own two feet and ringin’ on their own bells,” sang Aretha Franklin and the Eurythmics’ Annie Lennox in a 1985 hit song. On International Women’s Day 2016 today (March 8), is it fair to ask whether sisters also are doing it for the earth? Or, put … Continue Reading ››

A Word on Our Sponsor: Shared Values on Family Planning, Population, and Environment

Over the coming weeks, the Family Planning and Environmental Sustainability Assessment (FPESA) project will be providing advance peeks at peer-reviewed scientific papers from the last decade that offer evidence on the link between family planning and environmental sustainability. We’ll include brief annotations, hyperlinks to the papers or their abstracts, and summaries of our … Continue Reading ››

Family Planning and Environmental Sustainability Assessment Aims to Shed Light on Pop-Environment Link

This blog post is reposted on our blog with permission from the New Security Beat As global environmental change accelerates, understanding how population dynamics affect the environment is more important than ever. It seems obvious that human-caused climate change has at least something to do with the quadrupling of world population over … Continue Reading ››