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Get Involved!

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Population Connection is not currently organizing any in-person volunteer opportunities. However, there are other ways you can get more involved with our work in the meantime!

Write a Letter to the Editor

Letters to the editor are most likely to be accepted when they are written in response to a recently published article or editorial and either point out an alternate perspective or highlight/strengthen the original piece.

 

Learn more with our media guide

Contact Members of Congress

Make your voice heard! When you join with other constituents in contacting your members of Congress, you become part of a powerful movement advocating for increased funding for international family planning. Signing petitions and making phone calls directly to your elected officials are two ways you can join our nationwide grassroots network of activists.

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Use Social Media to Reach Your Friends, Family, and Community

Social media allows you to publicly pressure, persuade, and thank your target while informing your followers at the same time.

 

Learn More with our Media Guide

Virtual Events

Since 2020, we’ve organized webinars, presentations, film screenings, and training courses as an easy and accessible way for you to learn more about population issues, connect with Population Connection staff and meet others interested in working together for a more sustainable future for our planet.

Please contact us at engage@popconnect.org if you have any additional thoughts or feedback for future events—we love hearing from you!

World Population Day

Pronatalism and Rapid Population Growth: Challenging the Social Pressures to Have Children

In this presentation, Executive Director of Population Balance Nandita Bajaj will discuss her work on one of the main drivers of unsustainable population growth: pronatalism. Pronatalism encourages people to have large families for the sake of governmental interests such as the economy and national security. This preference for population growth is most often perpetrated by politicians, economists, and religious leaders.

In addition to undermining reproductive, social, and ecological justice, pronatalist beliefs, combined with a human-supremacist worldview, fuel denialism about the real effect of population pressures. This prevents healthy and urgently needed dialogue and action around climate change, biodiversity loss, empowerment and equality of girls and women, and a multitude of other emerging crises we face.

*The views expressed in this presentation and complimentary slides belong to the speaker and do not necessarily represent the mission of our organization.*

Date: Wednesday, July 13th
Time: 2pm ET/11am PT

Register Here!

Celebrating Biodiversity

Trivia Night

We’re excited to be collaborating with our partners at the Center for Biological Diversity for our second annual Biodiversity Trivia Night! If you’re a nature lover, clean energy enthusiast, or family planning fanatic this trivia night is for you! Question topics will range from green technology, reproductive health services, and of course biological diversity!

Date: Wednesday, July 27th
Time: 7pm ET/4pm PT

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Page Turners Book Club

Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist

Our current economic system calling for growth has pushed us to environmental breaking points. In Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist, Oxford academic Kate Raworth proposes a new way of thinking, where natural resource availability is more carefully considered.

With her “doughnut compass” model, Raworth offers an economic roadmap for global development, corporate strategies, and policy initiatives, redefining what economic success looks like in the 21st century.

Date: Wednesday, August 10th
Time: 4pm ET/1pm PT

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Earth Day Wrap-up

It was another successful year commemorating Earth Day with our incredible network of supporters! Throughout the month of April, we held various activities including a film screening, panel discussion, and two virtual webinars. Be sure to check out recordings of these events if you couldn’t join us live!

Recordings Available Here

In Case You Missed It...

World Environment Day

Only One Earth: Creating Lasting Solutions for Human & Planetary Well-being

During the talk, we were joined by Senior Analyst Hannah Evans, and Transition Earth‘s Project Associate, Joshua Mirondo.

Their presentation discussed the PHE approach to addressing climate change. In addition, Joshua provided a regional perspective on the challenges of reproductive health and justice in Uganda.

 

Recordings and Presentation Slides Available Here!

Demography Series

Global Solutions for a Sustainable Future

 

From March to June we met for monthly sessions to explore the key pillars of demography. We started out by learning the foundations, took an in-depth look at the environmental impacts of rapid population growth, discussed how societies can harness the demographic dividend for socio-economic advancements, and reviewed the importance of women’s empowerment to create a more sustainable future for all.

 

Recordings and Presentation Slides Available Here!

Meet Our Members

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Susan N.

Member Since 2020

Population Connection member Susan N. is a lot of things: retired teacher and lawyer, gardener, and art history fanatic. She is also childfree by choice, a title she’s particularly proud to have, one that led her to become a member of Population Connection.

Susan made the “population connection” as a young teen, crediting The Population Bomb for highlighting the interconnections between rapid population growth and resource availability. After graduating high school, Susan became a lawyer and then a teacher. Transitioning between professions, Susan taught Civil Procedure at Santa Clara University before spending eight years in the Czech Republic teaching English. She reflects on her experience abroad: “During most of my life, we thought the Iron Curtain would never be lifted and that the Soviet Union would exist forever. All that changed in the late 80s and early 90, so I thought that was a really historic moment. In retrospect, it was, because, for one thing, Czechs invited people in, such as myself, to teach English, and I was given a work visa. It was a historic window of opportunity.”

It wasn’t until years later that Susan stumbled across Population Connection and learned that Paul Ehrlich was a cofounder. Intrigued, she thought, “Well isn’t that interesting, there is a group working on the issue of [rapid population growth] which coincides with my interests. So I signed up!”

Learn More about Susan & Other Wonderful Members Here!

Meet Our Team

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Membership Relations Staff

Natalie Widel

Director of Digital Marketing

Stephanie Wolfe

Membership Relations Coordinator