Although he’s been retired for 15 years now, Chuck keeps busy with his activism work. As we transitioned to virtual gatherings last year, Chuck stood out amongst our incredible members by attending the most events! When asked what part of our mission resonates with him the most he quickly responded, “I agree with all of it, I can’t pick out a part that’s more important than the other because you have to have all of those parts to make it work. That’s why I’m more active, because I believe in it.” He continued, “So many organizations come out with their priorities for the upcoming year and they’re supposed to be doing something for the environment… and you read all those things and they leave out population growth and overconsumption of natural resources.” He recalls a Population Connection event he attended years ago where our CEO and President John Seager presented. “I was really impressed. I sat there and just agreed with everything. It just made sense. We were speaking the same language.”
His concerns about climate change and habitat destruction keep him motivated to talk about population issues. “As population growth increases, our quality of life goes down. Things are more crowded, things are more polluted… and there’s habitat destruction for other species, not just our own.” A father of two, he finds it meaningful to discuss population issues through a social justice lens. He believes in freedom of choice, not only because people deserve to make their own reproductive health choices, but because wider availability of reproductive health services is an integral component in addressing environmental crises.
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.”
Our team extends a HUGE thank-you to Chuck for his dedication to raising awareness of population challenges. We are immensely grateful to have such a passionate individual working with us towards global population stabilization. If you’re interested in getting involved with our virtual events, we encourage you to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You’ll be in good company!