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World population has more than tripled since the middle of the 20th century —with devastating impacts on people and our natural world. Yet talking about overpopulation remains taboo in many circles. We can’t bet the future of our living planet on technical solutions alone. Ending overpopulation by removing the barriers to smaller families must be a priority on Earth Day — and every day!
One of Population Connection’s first partners was Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH). Based in Uganda, CTPH is an award-winning leader in gorilla and wildlife conservation. The organization’s vital mission is to focus on the health and interspecies relationships of wildlife, humans, and livestock in and around East Africa’s protected areas.
To mark this year’s Earth Day, we’ll be joined by CTPH’s Founder and Executive Director Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka. Dr. Gladys also sits on Population Connection’s Board of Directors and has won innumerable awards for her work, including a United Nations Environment Programme’s Champion of the Earth for Science and Innovation (2021), and a Uganda Veterinary Association World Veterinary Day Award (2020).
Our upcoming Page Turners Book Club meeting is an exciting one, as we will have the privilege of discussing a memoir with the author herself, Dr. Gladys Zikusoka!
As Uganda’s first wildlife veterinarian, Dr. Gladys has devoted her life to protecting endangered mountain gorillas and other wild animals, and her new memoir chronicles her journey from her animal-loving childhood to her current role as Founder and Executive Director of Conservation Through Public Health (our earliest Global Partner!).
In this memoir, she shares the challenges she faced in her career and details the amazing impacts her research has had on the conservation of these magnificent creatures and their habitats. Through her work, she has demonstrated the interconnectedness between wildlife, the environment, and human health, highlighting the importance of a holistic approach to conservation efforts. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the importance of wildlife conservation and the inspiring work being done by Uganda’s first wildlife veterinarian!
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!