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Rapid population growth threatens the quality of life for people everywhere. 

Global population rose to 8 billion in November of 2022.

As a supporter of Population Connection, you raise awareness and educate others on the pressing issues our world faces due to rapid population growth.

We are deeply grateful to you and appreciate your commitment to our mission!

There are 218 million women in the developing world who want to prevent pregnancy but have an unmet need for modern contraception.

Up to 1 million species are threatened with extinction in the coming decades.

One in 12 people already lives below the international poverty line of $2.15 per day.

Stabilizing population plays an important role in confronting the world’s climate crisis.

Latest Updates

April Updates

  • Population Education’s professional staff facilitated nearly 60 workshops for current and future teachers. In addition, they hosted a special Earth Day webinar, Forest Lessons and Activities for Earth Day. During the interactive session, facilitators shared activities to get students thinking about their role as stewards of Earth’s forests. Learn more about our Population Education Program.

  • We hosted a virtual side event to the UN’s 57th Session of the Commission on Population and Development with Population Matters and Population Media Center! During the panel discussion, speakers highlighted how addressing the critical connections between population and sustainable development can help increase international reproductive health and rights funding. Check out the recording here!

  • Our sister organization Population Connection Action Fund’s #Fight4HER campaign is in full swing in six target locations. Learn more about how you can support voluntary, rights-based family planning programs!

  • Nearly 200 supporters joined us for Virtual Earth Day events! We hosted President and CEO John Seager, who discussed the importance of removing barriers to family planning worldwide. Then, Dr. Céline Delacroix, Director of the FP/Earth project with Population Institute, joined us to share key findings in her recent report exploring stakeholder perspectives on the links between reproductive rights, population dynamics, and environmental sustainability. 

  • The March issue of our quarterly magazine, Population Connection, is here! This issue focuses on how low fertility has prompted some governments in East Asia and Europe to implement pronatalist policies to encourage citizens to have more children. However, these schemes have a minimal effect on fertility rates and can be offensive to women by treating them as little more than creators of future taxpayers, consumers, soldiers, and caregivers. Read the full March Issue.

  • The Population Education team led over 75 teacher workshops across several states, including New York, Massachusetts, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Michigan! Workshops include interactive, cross-curricular lesson plans that promote issue-based learning in various subjects, helping the next generation of decision-makers to think critically about population issues. Learn more about our Population Education Program.

  • Along with teacher workshops, the PopEd team hosted an exhibit booth at the National Science Teachers Association Convention (NSTA) in Denver. Over 400 attendees stopped by and explored the booth. In addition, PopEd held three workshops at the NSTA Convention, two presented by staff and one given by two of their incredible trainers!

  • Our sister organization, Population Connection Action Fund, is hard at work building a network of #Fight4HER activists! Through the #Fight4HER campaign, activists in six key districts advocate for policies that protect and improve access to reproductive health care at home and abroad. Learn more about our Policy Priorities.

  • We are committed to addressing misinterpretations and inaccuracies in the media about demographic trends and population issues. Some outlets are portraying new fertility projections by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) published in The Lancet as a shocking impending crash in the number of births worldwide. The study shows otherwise. Read our statement on the new projections.

  • Our Population Education for Higher Studies Program engages college-level students in thinking about human population dynamics by providing thought-provoking presentations and other academic materials. Presentations highlight the causes, impacts, and solutions to global population challenges. Since February, staff led 14 presentations, helping students gain new perspectives on cost-effective, rights-based solutions to population issues, climate change, and other environmental challenges. Learn more about our Population Studies or Higher Education program.

Check out our latest publications!

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The lone and level sands stretch far away: Confronting desertification

Today is World Environment Day, an annual UN observance day aimed at increasing awareness of and mobilizing action on environmental issues. This year’s focus is land restoration, desertification, and drought…

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Re: Why paying women to have more babies won’t work

The Economist recently ran a very refreshing cover story pushing back against "baby bust" panic. We responded with a letter to the editor which we are featuring here as it…

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March Magazine Issue

Low fertility has prompted some governments in East Asia and Europe to implement pronatalist policies to encourage citizens to have more children. These schemes have minimal effect on fertility rates and can be offensive to women by treating them as little more than creators of future taxpayers, consumers, soldiers, and caregivers.

Cover image: A mother and her baby in Romania’s second largest city, Cluj-Napoca. Romania’s population peaked in 1991 at nearly 23 million and has been declining since. (Photo by Eren Bozkurt/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Read the March Issue

2024 Virtual Event archive

Virtual events are 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.

Since 2020, we’ve engaged with our supporters by hosting a variety of virtual events to stay up-to-date on issues relating to our work. We’ve heard presentations from speakers working in the fields of conservation, reproductive rights, public health, demography, and more! Visit our event archive to view recordings, presentation slides, and speaker bios from some of our recent events.

Event Archive Available Here
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Re: An American Slowdown

The New York Times recently published an article about slowing population growth in the United States. We responded with a letter to the editor which we are featuring here as…

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What are the top countries for gender equality?

The world is still far from achieving gender equality, with some countries doing a lot better than others. On International Women’s Day, we take a look at which nations have…

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2023 at a glance

Visit our Year at a Glance page for more program highlights from 2023! Your support makes our work possible, thank you so much!

2023 Highlights

1,200+ Activists

Population Connection Action Fund mobilized reproductive rights champions through training workshops, digital rallies, and online petitions

10,000+ Educators

Population Education hosted over 550 workshops for educators across 44 states and in six Canadian provinces

1,200+ Supporters

Membership Relations engaged with our supporter base through 20 virtual events, including four book club discussions and nine webinars featuring our Global Partners. 

2022 at a glance

Visit our Year at a Glance page for more program highlights from 2022! We couldn’t do this important work without your support! 

2022 Highlights

10,000+

Educators provided with resources to teach their K-12 students about population trends and how they impact planetary health and sustainable development through our Population Education program

400+

Activists trained and mobilized by our sister organization, Population Connection Action Fund to continue fighting for reproductive rights

1,000+

Members and supporters engaged with our virtual events, tuning in for presentations with experts in the field, book club discussions, film screenings, and more

2021 at a glance

Check out our Year at a Glance page to learn more about all we accomplished in 2021. These achievements were made possible with your support!
2021 Highlights

3,000,000

Young people inspired to think critically about our world’s population challenges via Population Education lesson plans

1,204

Legislator connections by 389 advocates during our virtual Capitol Hill Days, a joint program with Population Connection Action Fund

1,300+

Members and supporters who have RSVP’d or attended at least one virtual event