Fall 2021 Events

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Population Connection is not currently hosting any in-person events.

Since Covid-19 forced us to make membership events virtual, 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!

September

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

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

Date: Tuesday, October 5th

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.

Adopting cleaner and safer energy alternatives as well as green technologies will sustain the integrity of the present world for future generations. In addition, the active restoration and maintenance of natural ecosystems must adopt eco-aggressive approaches that integrate local knowledge with modern scientific technologies. This will reduce negative environmental impacts and promote improvements in the sustainable use of resources for a better tomorrow.

About the speaker:

Professor Andrew-Essien lectures in the Department of Environmental Resource Management at the University of Calabar in Nigeria. Her research interest is in environmental management with a focus on biodiversity conservation. Dr. Andrew-Essien is passionate about natural resource sustainability through advancing the ecological, social, and economic security of resource development through knowledge-based actions. Dr. Andrew-Essien is motivated by the drive to impact local knowledge for capacity-building as well as providing practical principles to enhance the integrity of the natural environment. Her professional teaching experience spans over 18 years, covering a range of topics including environmental challenges, resource management, and sustainability. Dr.  Andrew-Essien has served in various capacities to pioneer extensive academic and policy-relevant research in the field of natural resource governance and sustainability at local and international levels.

October

Indigenous Peoples and Climate Justice

portrait of Kyle WhytePresentation with Professor Kyle Whyte, Willis Pack Professor of Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan

Date: Tuesday, October 12th

Indigenous 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’ action to address climate justice.

About the speaker:

As a George Willis Pack Professor of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan, Kyle Whyte covers a range of environmental topics with students and in his research. Professor Whyte is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, working diligently to lift the experiences and perspectives of Indigenous peoples in discussions of climate policy and food sovereignty. Additionally, his work explores the ethics of cooperative relationships between science organizations and Indigenous communities and he has had publications appear in journals such as Climatic Change, Weather, Climate & Society, WIREs Climate Change, Environment & Planning E, Daedalus, Synthese, and Sustainability Science.

Professor Whyte currently serves on the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council, the Management Committee of the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition, and the Board of Directors of the Pesticide Action Network North America.

November

Page Turners Book Club Meeting

The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet by Michael E. Mann

Date: Thursday, November 18th
Time: 4PM ET/1pm PT

A renowned climate scientist shows how fossil fuel companies have waged a thirty-year campaign to deflect blame and responsibility and delay action on climate change, and offers a battle plan for how we can save the planet.

Recycle. Fly less. Eat less meat. These are some of the ways that we’ve been told can slow climate change. But the inordinate emphasis on individual behavior is the result of a marketing campaign that has succeeded in placing the responsibility for fixing climate change squarely on the shoulders of individuals.

Fossil fuel companies have followed the example of other industries deflecting blame (think “guns don’t kill people, people kill people”) or greenwashing (think of the beverage industry’s “Crying Indian” commercials of the 1970s). Meanwhile, they’ve blocked efforts to regulate or price carbon emissions, run PR campaigns aimed at discrediting viable alternatives, and have abdicated their responsibility in fixing the problem they’ve created. The result has been disastrous for our planet.

In The New Climate War, Mann argues that all is not lost. He draws the battle lines between the people and the polluters-fossil fuel companies, right-wing plutocrats, and petrostates. And he outlines a plan for forcing our governments and corporations to wake up and make real change, including:

  • A common-sense, attainable approach to carbon pricing- and a revision of the well-intentioned but flawed currently proposed version of the Green New Deal;
  • Allowing renewable energy to compete fairly against fossil fuels
  • Debunking the false narratives and arguments that have worked their way into the climate debate and driven a wedge between even those who support climate change solutions
  • Combatting climate doomism and despair-mongering

With immensely powerful vested interests aligned in defense of the fossil fuel status quo, the societal tipping point won’t happen without the active participation of citizens everywhere aiding in the collective push forward. This book will reach, inform, and enable citizens everywhere to join this battle for our planet.

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Past Events

2021 Summer Series

We had a jam-packed summer hosting monthly speaking engagements and an encore screening of the hard-hitting documentary 8 Billion Angels. Organizations featured in our Summer Series include Project Drawdown, World Wildlife Fund, Earth Overshoot, Reproductive Health Uganda, and Transition Earth.

2021 Summer Series

2021 Earth Day Passport Series

We celebrated this year’s Earth Day all month long, hosting speakers from organizations around the world to discuss family planning services and reproductive rights in their communities. We wrapped up presentations with an on-demand screening of the new documentary, 2040, followed by a discussion of the film on Earth Day!

2021 Earth Day

2020 Fall Speaker Series

We wrapped up 2020 virtual events on a high note with our Fall Speaker Series! We were fortunate enough to showcase some of our incredible international partnerships as well as highlight how our Population Education and Action Fund programs have transitioned during this unprecedented year. We hope you enjoy these interesting and informative conversations!

2020 Fall Speaker Series

2020 Population + Climate Change Course

An introduction to population studies, this month-long course is particularly useful for anyone interested in volunteering with Population Connection in the future. Presented by our Communications Manager Hannah Evans, the weekly sessions take a deeper look at how population dynamics relate to global issues such as poverty, sustainable development, access to health care, climate change, and the health of our planet.

Population and Climate Change Course

2020 Summer Speaker Series

Our incredible international partners were showcased during our 2020 Summer Speaker Series. We hosted experts from WINGS Guatemala and Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH) to learn how their work has shifted during the COVID-19 crisis. We also co-hosted a presentation with our sister organization, Population Connection Action Fund for an update on the state of reproductive rights advocacy during 2020’s election season.

2020 Summer Series

2020 Earth Day Challenge

Leading up to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we held a virtual Earth Day challenge consisting of daily actions individuals could partake in to reduce their environmental impact. Two of the challenges included tuning in to presentations hosted by our President John Segar and Communications Manager Hannah Evans.

2020 Earth Day