Population Connection media coverage

Media stories about population issues are often inaccurate, or even misleading, for example repeating common myths and misconceptions. When we encounter this type of article, we usually write a letter to the editor to have our say. Sometimes, if an article is particularly good, we voice our agreement. We also send out press releases, submit opinion pieces to external media outlets, and do occasional interviews to increase awareness of population problems and solutions.

Below you can find links to some of our recent media coverage.

We’ve also included some great pieces by our members — if you’ve had a letter or article published, do let us know so we can feature it here!


GCTV interview with John Seager, August 19, 2023

Population Connection President and CEO John Seager spoke to Bill Miller of Global Connections Television (GCTV) about the planet’s carrying capacity, why we should aim for quality over quantity, and why empowering women and girls is key to a more sustainable future.

Watch on GCTV website

The New York Times, April 26, 2023

Letter: China and the Population Ponzi Scheme

To the Editor:

Re “Shrinking Population in China Affects All” (news article, April 20):

No doubt, China’s shrinking population will create economic challenges that will require creative solutions. But aren’t economic challenges preferable to the environmental ones China would face if its population continued growing well past its current 1.4 billion? ….



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Boston Globe, April 8, 2023

Letter: Growing population continues to make a sizable dent in the Earth

In “Want to live to 150? The world needs more humans” (Ideas, April 2), Raiany Romanni makes the bizarre claim that we have an “emerging underpopulation crisis.” In fact, our global population is on track to exceed 10 billion in the next 40 years. If the belief that “more minds translate into better solutions” were true, then at 8 billion and counting, we surely would have solved humanity’s environmental crises by now. Instead, all of them, from climate change to resource depletion to biodiversity loss, are getting worse. …

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The New York Times, February 22, 2023

Letter: End Population Growth

To the Editor:

Re “Would You Have Four Kids if It Meant Never Paying Taxes Again?,” by Jessica Grose (Opinion, nytimes.com, Feb. 8):

I appreciate Ms. Grose’s important investigation into the poor effectiveness of financial incentives for childbearing. Many governments are fretting about declining birthrates, without considering that women may not want to have larger families, or that infinite population growth is incompatible with a finite planet. …

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Bozeman Daily Chronicle, May 10, 2023

Guest column: Climate change and population growth are incompatible

By Population Connection member Dorothy Bradley

On a recent evening we drove up to Cottonwood Bench, turned off the headlights, and waited for the Northern Lights. I suppose we thought they would just show up, like turning on the 10 o’clock news, but they were not to be seen this particular evening. However, exiting the car back at the house, we suddenly heard that astonishing sound — a rapid wawawawa — down in the marsh. The Snipes had returned! And in the deep dusk they were doing their power dives for insects creating a beautiful, haunting sound called winnowing. …


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How these Kirkland teens are bringing global awareness to child marriage

Kiro 7 News, June 9, 2023


Hidden Oaks Middle School eighth-grader takes first place in international student video competition

SW News Media, May 24, 2023


Westport Student Wins Prize For Climate Change Video

Patch, May 10, 2023


Letter: Population Connection

Idaho State Journal, April 12, 2023



Earth Now Has 8 Billion Humans. This Man Wishes There Were None.

The New York Times, November 23, 2022


When did the world population reach 1 billion? Expert explores milestone

The Focus, November 16, 2022


Tackling Myths About the World’s Growing Population

Ms. Magazine, November 15, 2022


A red-state governor walks into a COP

Politico, November 15, 2022


Opinion: The world population will soon surpass 8 billion. Here’s why we should be concerned.

San Diego Tribune, November 4, 2022


Letter: The future of life on Earth depends on curbing overpopulation

The Guardian, October 19, 2022


A line is drawn between protesters, patients outside Planned Parenthood in Portland

Portland Press Herald, September 5, 2022


Podcast: How ‘Population Connection’ Advocates Progressive Action to Stabilize the World Population

Acts of Impact, September 1, 2022


Podcast: Eight Billion of Us!?

Climate Optimists Podcast, August 16, 2022


Overturning Roe v. Wade

LA Progressive, July 15, 2022


8 billion population milestone

The Hill, July 11, 2022


For Love of Nature: Connecting population and planetary health

(By Population Connection member Shannon Brennan)

Lynchburg News & Advance, June 29, 2022


Powell student wins international video competition

Spectrum News 1, June 28, 2022


Senator who questioned Supreme Court birth control ruling led campus group that promoted it

NBC News, June 18, 2022


Smaller families can benefit N.M. – and beyond

(By Population Connection member JoAnn Silvey Ruppert)

ABQ Journal, February 2, 2022


Population growth drop is a reason to cheer

(By Population Connection member Tina Peak)

The Mercury News, January 10, 2022