Capitol Hill Days

America's voice for population stabilization

Overpopulation threatens the quality of life for people everywhere. Population Connection is the national grassroots population organization that educates young people and advocates progressive action to stabilize world population at a level that can be sustained by Earth’s resources.

Our goals and programs

December magazine issue

Jane Goodall first visited what would later become Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania in 1960. She made historic discoveries about chimpanzees that changed how the scientific community considered non-human animals’ sentience and intelligence. After seeing how human population growth was ravaging the area around Gombe, she turned to advocacy to lift people out of poverty, protect wildlife, and preserve the environment. She has always been outspoken about the importance of addressing population pressures through voluntary means. In this issue, we share excerpts from her new book, The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times.

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Jane Goodall interacting with chipmanzee in 1965

Events

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Glaring Emissions: Linking Rapid Population Growth and Climate Change

Presentation with Population Connection President and CEO, John Seager

Date: Wednesday, February 23rd
Time: 2pm ET/11am PT

Climate change is humanity’s most challenging issue—and the risks only continue to grow. By burning fossil fuels and deforesting vast areas, humans have increased concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere to levels unprecedented in at least 800,000 years. As a result, the earth’s average temperature is rising, endangering food security, the availability of freshwater, and human health. As we near a global population of 8 billion people, it’s critical we look at demographic trends to address and mitigate climate impacts.

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In Case You Missed It...

Year in Review with Population Connection: Education, Advocacy, and Outreach

Presentation with Pam Wasserman, Senior VP for Education, Rebecca Harrington, Senior Director of Advocacy and Outreach, and Brian Dixon, Senior VP for Media and Government Relations

Date: Tuesday, December 14th

Wrap up 2021 with us!

We were happy to host senior staff members to share some of our biggest program accomplishments of 2021—including highlights from the second virtual Capitol Hill Days, Summer of HER, World of 7 Billion video contest, and how the landscape for reproductive rights advocacy has changed over the past year.

Recording of their talk is available here!

 

Catch up on our blog

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According to a Gallup poll, 4 in 10 Americans say three or more children is the ideal family size.

"Ideal Family Size" Does Not Equal Desired Fertility

There’s been much written since the 2020 Census and 2020 CDC births data were released, about desired vs. actual fertility, i.e. how many children Americans say is ideal vs. how…

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Vatican City, April 25, 2018: Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. © Antoine Mekary

People Should Make Their Own Childbearing Decisions, Without Interference From Public Figures

There is nothing women love more than being given reproductive advice from men who have no idea what they’re talking about. Pope Francis’ and Elon Musk’s recent comments that encouraged…

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Our only hope is to slow, and ultimately cease, the astronomical growth of the human population, to allow the earth to heal and support a smaller, stable population. I was thankful to find your organization as a conduit to contribute toward a better tomorrow, even though it is one that I will never see. Donna J. Warlick, Population Connection Member

Support us

Population Connection is a membership-based organization, funded by 40,000 progressive, far-sighted individuals. Join us!

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Attend an event

In-person events are still suspended due to the pandemic, but we’re keeping our members and supporters engaged through lots of virtual events. Come to our next one and meet like-minded folks who support population stabilization!

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Advocate for ZPG

Help us spread the message that zero population growth is necessary for a sustainable future. Write to your local newspaper or simply talk to friends and family about your passion for population stabilization.

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2021 accomplishments

3,000,000

Kids pointing at map

Young people inspired to think critically about our world’s population challenges via Population Education lesson plans

1,204

Capitol Building

Legislator connections by 389 advocates during our virtual Capitol Hill Days, a joint program with Population Connection Action Fund

1,500+

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Members and supporters who have engaged with our virtual events in 2021