Tag Archives: population

Why We Must Talk About Population

A Response to David Roberts’ Self-Censorship on Overpopulation
Reading David Roberts’ recent explanation of why he never writes on overpopulation, I felt compelled to reply. While Roberts made a set of superficially convincing arguments, ultimately he’s wrong not to focus directly on the population pressures we’re facing. Not confronting population head-on is like … Continue Reading ››

Human Population and Animal Extinctions: An Interview with Dr. Jeffrey McKee

"As our human population grows and our difficulties mount to feed over 7 billion people, we are not the only species at stake."

As part of Worldwatch’s investigation on how voluntary family planning relates to environmental sustainability, we reviewed a population paper published in 2013 by Jeffrey McKee, Erica Chambers, and Julie Guseman. In “Human … 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 ››

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 ››

“Convince Them to Say It”: Environmental Researchers and the Touchy Topics of Family Planning and Population

As a young and promising marine biologist, Camilo Mora led a team of 55 scientists assessing the rapid decline of fish on the world’s coral reefs. It was a global enterprise with broad implications. Hundreds of millions of people rely on reef fish for their primary source of animal protein.

Experts Reflect on the State and Future of Research on Family Planning and Environmental Sustainability

Logic and research suggest that growing populations tend to contribute to various environmental stresses. So, by extension, if wider use of family planning slows population growth, it should generally produce some benefits in slowing the pace of human-caused environmental change. Experts agreed, however, that this relationship is complex, under-researched, and not well or uniformly documented.

Enlisting Ethiopia’s Orthodox Church to address population, climate change, and cultural heritage

Endowed with natural and cultural attractions, Ethiopia has set its sights to be one of Africa’s top tourist destinations. In recent years, it has crafted an innovative sustainable approach to its tourism sector as a means to promote conservation and create job opportunities for its burgeoning population. According to the latest United Nations medium-variant projections, … Continue Reading ››