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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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Host a Virtual Film Screening

A film screening is a great way to introduce friends and family to population issues! Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are not currently encouraging in-person screenings in your community. However, there are suitable films available to screen on a shared platform, allowing you to host a virtual screening. If you’re interested in hosting a screening, please contact us for film suggestions, discussion guides, and overall guidance for hosting a successful event.

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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!

Upcoming Events

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

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

Date: Tuesday, December 14th
Time: 2pm ET/11am PT

After another challenging year, we want to end on a high note! Wrap-up 2021 with us as we hear from Population Education and Action Fund team members on their highlights from 2021. With all the activist training, curriculum updates, video contests, and more to review, this is sure to be an engaging hour!

Register Here!

Page Turners Book Club Meeting

The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times

Date: Thursday, January 27th
Time: 4PM ET/1pm PT

In a world that seems so troubled, how do we hold on to hope?

In this urgent book, Jane Goodall, the world’s most famous living naturalist and Doug Abrams, internationally-bestselling author, explore—through intimate and thought-provoking dialogue—one of the most sought after and least understood elements of human nature: hope.

Told through stories from a remarkable career and fascinating research, The Book of Hope touches on vital questions including: How do we stay hopeful when everything seems hopeless? How do we cultivate hope in our children? Filled with engaging dialogue and pictures from Jane’s storied career, The Book of Hope is a deeply personal conversation with one of the most beloved figures in today’s world. Summary Text from Celadon Books

 

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In Case You Missed It...

"Indigenous Peoples and Climate Justice"

Presentation with Dr. Kyle Whyte, Willis Pack Professor of Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation

portrait of Kyle WhyteIndigenous peoples are among the populations in the U.S. who are calling for climate equity and justice and the transition to renewable energy. Major policy initiatives adopted by the White House are seeking to mobilize research to support Indigenous energy goals. Dr. Whyte’s presentation covers Indigenous peoples’ actions to address climate justice.

 

 

Recording Available Here

"Clash of Tempos: Making Sense of Ecological Balance Today for Tomorrow"

Presentation with Professor Elizabeth Esekong Andrew-Essien, Department of Environmental Resource Management, University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria

portrait of Elizabeth Esekong Andrew-Essien

Ecological systems are regulated by a number of biological, physical, and chemical factors that act together to stabilize environmental processes. The stability of these processes has benefited humans for thousands of years. In recent decades, however, population growth and agricultural and urban development, along with high consumption and its attendant outcomes, have exerted unparalleled pressures on the environment to promote tilts towards ecological in-balances that favor humans to the detriment of the natural environment.

Recording and Slides Available Here

Meet Our Members

Arthur “Chuck” Knutson

Member Since 2000

California native Arthur Charles “Chuck” Knutson Jr. has a lifetime of experience that has shaped him into the population stabilization advocate he is today. During his high school years, he was an avid hiker and fisherman. Over time, he noticed there were fewer, high-quality outdoor spaces to explore as cities expanded and the population boomed. “The world population has more than tripled since I was born, and the California population has nearly quadrupled!” he exclaimed.

Supporting our mission when we were still known as ZPG, Chuck notes how Paul Ehrlich further contributed to his understanding of population growth and the environment. Concerned about our planet’s health, Chuck earned a B.A. in Environmental Biology from UC Santa Barbara and then an M.S. in Fisheries Biology from Humboldt State University. After college, he volunteered for the Peace Corps, serving as a high school teacher trainer in Bihar, India from 1969 to 1971. His time there was eye-opening, as he saw first-hand how rapid population growth can impact people’s livelihoods and quality of life. After returning to the states, Chuck went on to work at the California State Department of Fish and Game as a Marine and Freshwater Fisheries Biologist for 34 years.

To help others make the “population connection,” Chuck likes to start off by talking about mainstream environmental issues, such as climate change, pollution, and overconsumption. By using this approach, he finds it easier to lead others to make the connection on their own. Through his activism, Chuck hopes to achieve worldwide population stabilization “as soon as possible.”

Learn More about Chuck & Other Wonderful Members Here!

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Membership Relations Coordinator