What You Can Do
While overpopulation is largely an issue that is bigger than the individual, there are a few things you can do to support the collective cause, such as:
- Minimize your consumption
- Use contraception
- Do all you can to protect the environment
You can also make a difference by supporting the organizations and initiatives that affect change. How can you support them? Any way you can. That could include things like donations, volunteering, spreading awareness among your social circle, or even organizing a fundraising event. Fundraising ideas abound and are only limited by your imagination.
Here are some of the organizations that are helping curb overpopulation:
- UNFPA: The United Nations Population Fund promotes equality for all people. Its mission is to help governments by collecting information about different populations (think censuses), providing sexual reproductive healthcare to women and youths, and family planning. Here is an in-depth article they released about the population as of 2011.
- Population Institute: The Population Institute educates policymakers and the public about population and promotes universal access to family planning, education, and services.
- The Audubon Society: Th Audubon Society aims at protecting the habitat of plants and animals, addressing the stressors that the population puts on these species.
- Worldwatch Institute: The Worldwatch Institute provides information to decisionmakers about environmental concerns by developing and disseminating data and strategies on topics such as climate change, resource degradation, population growth, and poverty.
For a list of more overpopulation organizations, check out this list from WOA.
“4.5 Earths would be required to support a global population living like an average resident of the U.S.”
- Jim Leape, WWF International
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