There are many helpful actions that we can take to help promote progress on population matters. Some useful actions are:
-participating, e.g. in groups, in the CBD campaign, and other groups
-being a good example, e.g. having no more than two children
-signing petitions and pledges related to population matters
-making financial donations to family planning programs run by good charitable organisations
-contributing butterfly points to reduce unwanted pregnancies
-raising awareness: on Care2 and other networks, with family and friends, and in other ways.
Let's post information about these actions in this thread. Maybe more can be added to the list!
Here is a link to the Stop at Two pledge that the Optimum Population Trust is running:
The pledge is: I'm going to try not to have more than two children!
The Trust states on the site that: "Unless we all do something, worldwide, there are going to be another 2.4 billion people on the planet by 2050. Having a smaller family - just one or two children instead of three or more - helps to reverse population growth. And by reversing population growth, we'd be taking another green step towards environmental survival for all."
I have signed.
Signed - and at age 67, my wife and I have already fulfilled the pledge - just replacement children - 2
Here is a link to the Optimum Population Trust's page where people can make direct financial donations to support their family planning projects:
Another way of donating to OPT's family planning projects is to offset carbon dioxide emissions:
The Population Media Center (PMC) works worldwide using entertainment-education to create positive behavior change in audiences on population-related matters. PMC's website lists nations which they have designed programs for, to promote uptake of family planning and contraception, and some of their results look quite good to me currently. I might start a separate thread on this.
PMC is placing population experts on radio and television talk shows throughout the US. Maybe some of us can tune in and listen with friends and family!
Their website is at http://www.populationmedia.org/. They list a number of things that you can do to help their efforts, which include signing up to their population news mailings, and donating to help them. They even have a "Global Population and Sustainability Index" to guide investors. I have not looked into that yet, but it looks interesting.
Hi all, I thought I'd reactivate this thread. If anyone has anything that can be added about things we can do, please post it in this thread!
I have another idea...instead of stopping at two kids, why not pledge to not have kids at all and instead adopt? Sure, stopping at two is better than stopping at three or four, but not having any is better yet and it's a sure way to reduce your impact. I once read in Mother Jones that one American woman and her two kids have the carbon footprint of 136 bangledeshi women and their 337 children. Kind of scary, don't you think?
I already posted this thread so that people may know the pros and cons of adoption. I'm so thankful that its only now that i know the other side of adopting children. More power to all people who made this known to others.
Here is a link to the population campaign of the Center for Biological Diversity:
In a statement titled "The Overpopulation Crisis", they state that "Every day, our planet gains 250,000 more people. The human population will hit 7 billion this year. Not surprisingly, animal and plant species are vanishing at staggering speeds."
You can take a range of good actions at the link above. You can sign up there for their Pop X newsletter, donate to their overpopulation fund, volunteer to be a distributor for their endangered species condoms, or sign up for their population email list.
I think that the Center for Biological Diversity is a good organisation that seems very effective. I encourage everyone to take an action at their site above.
I just signed the pledge.
Keep up the good work Monica and all of you!
Many thanks Linda!
There have been a number of Care2 articles recently about family planning. Many have been about developments in the US which risk restricting women's access to family planning and reproductive health care there. I encourage everyone to comment on these articles in support of women's access to these services. There have been some related petitions also.
I might post some links later! (All are welcome to do so of course!)
This overpopulating crisis is SCARY! WHY are we not putting a cap on how many children people can have????? SERIOUSLY!!! WAKE UP PEOPLE!!
Already signed the pledge. I am only going to adopt children instead of having my own. That way i fell i am saving a life instead of creating another one. Agree with Tracey E.
There are some Care2 groups that focus on family size, which is related to population issues. Two groups are:
Child-free by Choice, at http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/ChildFreeByChoice
One Child by Choice, at http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/onechildbychoice .
If you are child-free or have one child, you can show your support by joining one of these groups.
Another way to help may be: to do the free daily click-to-donate on the Care2 site to stop violence against women. I try to click daily, and I encourage everyone to click to donate if you can.
I click daily on the care2 site links, I have become more involved with politics - keeping abortion safe and legal is very important to me - my body my choice (no vagina no voting to take away my rights).
Overpopulation scares the hell out of me, we are almost at 7 billion people in the world - only 313 million in the US where we are reasonably responsible about this sort of thing.
I am in my 40s never had children, and did not want any. Thank you for the link to the child free group - I just joined!
Hi all, another organisation that looks worth supporting is Pathfinder International:
As I understand it, they are involved in providing (among other things) family planning and access to contraception to girls and women in need, in poor nations.
Many thanks Ellen for all the positive actions that you have taken!
Wow, I *just* heard about this org yesterday! Do you ever think the internet is reading your mind? <eek> My little sis is an artist and she donated a piece of artwork to be sold and proceeds going for this group.
Thanks Monica, you too! (Just looked at your actions and sent a friend request)
Many thanks Ellen! A big thank you to your sister too.
Another helpful action we can take is to help Engender Health. This organisation states that it helps to provide family planning, contraception and other reproductive health services to those in need:
They also have a special Mother's Day campaign running right now: plant a virtual flower in honour of a mother and $5 will be donated to Engender Health by a kind sponsor:
Hi all, I am reactivating this thread, as I think that it is important. Let's keep up the good work!
Thank you for posting all this info!
Many thanks Melania!
Energy transition - which is necessary, of course - makes it so clear, that there are much too many energy consumers: Wind energy plants are in conflict with bird protection, solar energy plants are so often a great damage to landscape, so-called "bio"-energy is robbing more and more precious areas that should be renaturated in order to give better chances to the oppressed biodiversity.
Unfortunately most of the major nature protection organizations are still closing their eyes to the fact that they will brake at the brake block unless they have the guts to confess that the numbers of our species is far above the ecological carrying capacity of our earth.
http://www.biologicaldiversity.org has the courage, so we must really spell that out for other ones.
Sorry ... I used the wrong term:
Instead of "brake block" it should read: "buffer stop". Please forgive me!
Many thanks Dietrich! I agree that population sizes are an important factor in human impacts on Earth. The sustainable economics advocacy group CASSE (http://steadystate.org ) also encourages other environmental organisations to get interested in these underlying driving forces of environmental issues, including population as a major factor.
Couldn't agree more, Dietrich. When are people going to wake up to what is staring them in the face?! Virtually every problem this planet is currently suffering from has its roots in the fact that there are simply too many people on the planet.
I am child free by choice, click every day on various 'click to give' sites and take every action I can to try to stem the attack on women's reproductive rights.
Another thing that makes my hackles rise, is the amount of benefits paid to parents in the UK regardless of whether they are working or unemployed; not just child benefit but child tax credit, too.
The government is not just encouraging people to breed in an overpopulated world with these monetary 'bribes', but irresponsibly encouraging people who can't actually afford to support their children without the aid of benefits, to produce more and more offspring.
Monica, Thank you so much for this valuable link!
Right now I wrote to CASSE:
"I got the link from the Care2.com Population Group. Usually, the traditional environment protection groups know that our demands must decrease, but they shy away from the fact that the numbers of our own species are too high so that the "multiplied product of population and per capita consumption" which you define precisely in #2 above is far above the limits of the earth's carrying capacity, even if the average individual demands were reduced to minimum subsistence level."
I sent the "Tell a friend"-invitation to 5 other people.
Donna, I agree so fully with you! "Encouraging people to breed" is still a major source of overpopulation. And it is done even in already overpopulated regions which should know better. In Germany, the "Bundespräsident" (Federal President) sponsors parents with "honorary godparenthood" for the 7th child; details (in English) see
Thanks, Dietrich. That's a very interesting link - wow, an 'award' for the seventh child! And I thought the UK was bad: Hope it doesn't give our government ideas.
Hi all, I am reactivating this thread, as I think that it is important. Let's keep up the good work!