WORLD POPULATION DAY – Why It Matters

World Population Day (WPD), established by the United Nations Development Programme in 1989, falls on 11 July every year and focuses attention on the urgency and importance of population issues. Regardless of your personal views concerning population, hopefully most of us can agree that the empowerment of women, choice and agency in regards to family…

The Overpopulation Podcast: A Conversation with Filmmaker Terry Spahr

Each year, 80 million people are added to a population that has long exceeded the Earth’s carrying capacity. Our state of ecological overshoot is severe enough that technological advancements and per-capita carbon footprint reduction alone can’t save humanity from experiencing environmental catastrophe. In this episode, Dave chats with Executive Producer Terry Spahr about his new…

When Bad News Is Good

I hate bad news as much as the next person, but my spirits have been buoyed over the past few months as the mainstream media, scientific associations and long-established environmental groups have recently become more vocal in publicly recognizing unsustainable population growth as a critical driver in addressing our current catastrophic environmental degradation. I would…

A BIRD’S EYE VIEW

The number of birds in our world is declining at alarming rates. Why? According to John Kress, Senior Research Botanist and Curator of Botany at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, “…in North America, alone, three billion birds have gone missing over the last 50 years. [It is] estimated there were about 10 billion…

WILL WE WASTE THE NEXT 25 YEARS?

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) presented a report to the United Nations last week stating that up to 1 million plant and animal species are on the verge of extinction with devastating implications for human survival. IPBES Chair Sir Robert Watson, said: “We have been telling the world we have…