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. And on this page, you can find links to our members’ media coverage. Be sure to let us know if you get published so we can share the link!

FEATURED COVERAGE

The New York Times, January 28, 2024

Letter: China’s Concern About Lower Birthrates

To the Editor:

Re “China Told Women to Have Babies, but Its Population Shrank Again” (front page, Jan. 18):

China’s government may think of the country’s lack of population growth as a “national emergency,” but from a global perspective, it certainly isn’t. Endless growth is not compatible with planetary limits. …

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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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OTHER COVERAGE

2023

 

Women’s Issues, Women’s Voices

KOPN 89.5 FM, November 20, 2023

 

Letter: Isn’t our population reaching a tipping point?

Denver Post, November 19, 2023

 

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

 

Panic over Population Decline

Climate Optimists Podcast, February 15, 2023

 

2022

 

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

 

How Population Connection Advocates Progressive Action to Stabilize the World Population

Acts of Impact Podcast, September 1, 2022

 

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

 

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