POPULATION

POPULATION

On June 6, 2021, the global population was 7,882,706,000 or close to 8 billion people. Without further action to limit population growth, the United Nations predicts there will be 8.5 billion people in 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050, and 10.9 billion in 2100. The rate of increase is, however, slowing and is projected to cease to grow by the end of the century.

Carbon emissions increase significantly with every additional person on earth — the rich more than the poor — and increases the number of climate change victims – the poor more than the rich.

There is clearly a direct correlation between population and climate change.

In the fight against climate change, Project Drawdown ranks family planning as solution number 7. More than 10,000 scientists concur, signing, in 2019, the Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency, in which they explicitly call for, among other things, “bold and drastic transformations” regarding economic and population policies, including making family planning services available to all. 

Speaking for more than 150 organizations, Dr. Jane Goodall, added her voice to the call for family planning, as she advocated for smaller families in the summer of 2019.

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A Planet of 3 Billion

06/07/21
Tucker makes the case that the Earth’s 'carrying capacity' is limited to 3 billion humans, and that humanity’s century long binge has incurred an unsustainable ecological debt that must be paid down promptly, or else…

Population Matters

09/16/19
Our vision is of a future with a good quality of life for all, a healthy and biodiverse environment, and a stable and sustainable population size.

Human Population Growth and Climate Change

09/11/19
The largest single threat to the ecology and biodiversity of the planet in the decades to come will be global climate disruption due to the buildup of human-generated greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. People around…

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The Overpopulation Podcast: The political hazards of discussing overpopulation

12/24/19  
Bernie Sanders was asked about human overpopulation. How did he handle it? And how was that reported by the media and received by the public? The Overpopulation Podcast team offers observations and analysis....

For Caribbean nations, climate change means shrinking populations

By Kenya Evelyn  Photo: Leigh Ann Henion   12/22/19  
Vieques, the small island community off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico, looks much the way it did before Hurricanes Irma and Maria wreaked havoc in September 2017. Business is booming at the bar and…

The Urban Fix: Resilient Cities in the War Against Climate Change, Heat Islands and Overpopulation (2019)⭐

By Douglas Kelbaugh   11/13/19  
Cities are one of the most significant contributors to global climate change. The rapid speed at which urban centers use large amounts of resources adds to the global crisis and can lead to extreme local…

Educating Girls Would Save 59.6 Gigatons of Carbon by 2050

Photo: akshayapatra/pixabay   11/10/19  
Educating girls leads to economic growth, and also to lower population rates, since educated women will not only have healthier babies, but fewer of them.

Critics blast a proposal to curb climate change by halting population growth

By James Temple  Photo: UNSPLASH / CHUTTERSNAP   11/05/19  
More than 11,000 scientists signed a paper arguing the world needs to stabilize or gradually reduce the global population.

This Controversial Way to Combat Climate Change Might Be the Most Effective

By Michael Shank   10/29/19  
What's less frequently discussed when it comes to personal contributions people can make, is also one of the most effective actions on the climate front: a smaller family size.
CBC

Is population control the answer to fixing climate change?

By Nicole Mortillaro  Photo: blvdone/Shutterstock   10/29/19  
The argument some people present is that if there were fewer people on Earth, greenhouse gases would be reduced and climate change could be averted. But experts say population control isn't the panacea some might…
CJR

For many reporters covering climate, population remains the elephant in the room

By Wudan Yan   09/18/19  
“If seeing the world helps ruin it, should we stay home?” In it, he raised the question of whether or not travel by plane, boat, or car—all of which contribute to climate change, rising sea…

Bernie Sanders in climate change ‘population control’ uproar

Photo: Reuters   09/05/19  
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been criticised after arguing population control should be part of tackling climate change.

Elon Musk and Jack Ma agree: The biggest problem the world will face is population collapse

09/04/19  
Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Alibaba founder Jack Ma agree that the biggest problem the world will face in 20 years is population collapse....
Vox

We’ve worried about overpopulation for centuries. And we’ve always been wrong.

By Kelsey Piper  Photo: Sergei Fadeichev/Getty Images   08/20/19  
For nearly all of human history, there haven’t been that many of us. Around the year zero, Earth’s population is estimated to have been 190 million. A thousand years later, it was probably around 250…

Joe Sandler Clarke: Does overpopulation cause climate change?

By Joe Sandler Clarke  Photo: Robert Stainforth / Alamy Stock Photo   08/14/19  
"What we need to remind everybody is: these are things that are happening now," Prince Harry told ethologist Dr Jane Goodall in a recent interview in British Vogue. "We are already living in it. We…
IOL

Population growth ‘a threat to planetary health’

07/23/19  
When Dr Jane Goodall began studying chimpanzees in Gombe National Park in 1960, it was part of a forest belt stretching from western East Africa to the west African coast, across equatorial Africa...

World Population Day: Fastest-growing countries; Guinea, Chad, Mali

By Elzy Kolb   07/10/19  
World Population Day, July 11, is just around the corner. It was established in 1989 by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Program to turn our focus to population issues....
CNN

BirthStrike: The people refusing to have kids, because of ‘the ecological crisis’

By Stephanie Bailey   06/26/19  
A movement of women have decided not to procreate in response to the coming ‘climate breakdown and civilisation collapse’. Will their protest be a catalyst for change?...

World’s population could swell to 10.9 billion by 2100, U.N. report finds

By Patrick Barkham  Photo by Mahesh Kumar A. / AP file   06/17/19  
The growth will increase humanity’s footprint on the planet, which could exacerbate hunger, poverty and climate change, experts say.

BirthStrikers: Meet the women who refuse to have children until climate change ends

By Elle Hunt  Photo: Linda Nylind   03/13/19  
A movement of women have decided not to procreate in response to the coming ‘climate breakdown and civilisation collapse’. Will their protest be a catalyst for change?...

Climate change and population growth are making the world’s water woes more urgent

02/28/19  
As it scours the universe for signs of extraterrestrial life, nasa has a motto-cum-mission-statement: “Follow the water”. About 70% of the human body is made up of water, it says, and 70% of Earth’s surface…

Family size grows when girls’ education withers

Photo: Olivier Asselin/Alamy   02/06/19  
Fertility rates in some African nations fell less quickly when fewer girls finished primary school.

Katharine Wilkinson: How empowering women and girls can help stop global warming

By Katharine Wilkinson   11/01/18  
If we really want to address climate change, we need to make gender equity a reality, says writer and environmentalist Katharine Wilkinson.

Population Control Is the Climate Change Fix Nobody Wants to Talk About

By Yasmin Tayag   08/31/18  
The greatest driver of climate change is greenhouse gas emissions, which the Science Forum authors, which include renowned demographer John Bongaarts, Ph.D., of the Population Center and Brian C. O’Neil, Ph.D., of the National Center…

To Stop Climate Change, Educate Girls and Give them Birth Control

By Robin George Andrews   02/18/18  
Opinion: When women aren’t educated or empowered to make their own family planning decisions, the effects can lead to higher carbon emissions.

Want to fight climate change? Have fewer children

By Damian Carrington   07/12/17  
The greatest impact individuals can have in fighting climate change is to have one fewer child, according to a new study that identifies the most effective ways people can cut their carbon emissions.