Earth Day is a unique opportunity to explore our planet’s pressing environmental issues and the most effective ways to address them. Throughout the month of April, we have special blogs, virtual events, and social media posts, so make sure you tune in and join the conversation!

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What’s Your #MyPopulationNumber? 

On Earth Day and every day, it’s important that we make the connections between population dynamics and environmental sustainability. This year, help amplify our efforts by participating in our #MyPopulationNumber photo campaign!

Photos will be featured on our website to grow our network of advocates passionate about addressing population challenges. If your photo meets any of the following criteria, you’ll also be entered to win a special Population Connection prize! Special categories are listed below:

– Participant whose #MyPopNumber is closest to the 2 billion mark

– Participant whose #MyPopNumber is closest to the 3 billion mark

– Participant whose #MyPopNumber is closest to the 4 billion mark

– Photo featuring two supporters holding their #MyPopNumber

– Photo featuring supporter and their #MyPopNumber in a unique location

Share your #MyPopNumber!

Zoom Presentation with President & CEO, John Seager

Earth Day Insights: Population Resilience in the Face of Climate Challenges

Population pressures exacerbate environmental challenges, from resource depletion to biodiversity loss and climate crises. Using a human-rights-based approach—namely, removing barriers to family planning and girls’ education—we can empower people to have smaller families and contribute toward slower population growth. It’s one of the most powerful available actions to limit future greenhouse gas emissions, along with reducing per capita consumption in wealthy nations. Yet an estimated 218 million women in developing regions who want to avoid pregnancy have an unmet need for modern contraception.

Date: April 16th, 2024

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Zoom Presentation with Dr. Céline Delacroix

Elevating Population Dynamics and Family Planning in Environmental Dialogue

This Earth Day, we hosted Dr. Céline Delacroix, adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa’s School of Health Sciences and Director of the FP/Earth project with the Population Institute.

Dr. Delacroix will present the findings from a 2023 journal article she wrote with Dr. Nkechi S. Owoo, a Ghanaian Health and Demographic Economist, that explores the perspectives of sub-Saharan African policymakers, researchers, and activists on the linkages between reproductive rights, population dynamics, and environmental sustainability.

Date: April 22nd, 2024

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Meet the Speakers

President & CEO, Population Connection

John has been a guest lecturer at more than 80 colleges and has spoken to numerous environmental, religious, and community groups across the U.S. on the environmental and human costs of rapid population growth.

He was appointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by the Clinton Administration and served as Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Peter H. Kostmayer (D-PA), a senior House Interior and Foreign Affairs Committee member.

A veteran of more than 50 political campaigns, John has authored numerous op-eds and articles on various aspects of population growth. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.

Director of FP/Earth Project, Population Institute

Dr. Céline Delacroix is a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa’s School of Health Sciences. She is the Director of the FP/Earth project with the Population Institute. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on analyzing how family planning, population size, and environmental sustainability intersect and are perceived. She is looking for ways to harness these linkages to benefit reproductive rights and improve environmental sustainability.

She earned a PhD from the University of Ottawa, an MS from the Free University of Brussels (Belgium), and an LLB from Cardiff University (Wales, UK). Dr. Delacroix also served as Executive Director of several human rights and environmental civil society organizations, including the Conservation Council of New Brunswick and Ethiopiaid Canada.

Explore Our Resources

We have a wide range of informational resources available that we hope you’ll take some time to explore! We offer a variety of content that is designed to inform, engage, and inspire! Whether you’re interested in reading insightful blog posts, interviews with Global Partners, teaching materials for educators, or our latest quarterly magazine issue, we have something for you!

Take a look around, download some resources, and let us know what you think!

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Building a women-led movement for nature: Q&A with Women for Conservation

Through our Global Partners program, Population Connection supports a growing number of grassroots organizations around the world working to increase access to education, public health and family planning services. Their…

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Some families have more land and can plant enough for their own use and to share or sell.

Fostering healthy lives and self-reliance in rural Guatemala: Q&A with Seeds for a Future

Through our Global Partners program, Population Connection supports a growing number of grassroots organizations around the world working to increase access to education, public health and family planning services. Their…

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Read our March Magazine

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.

Read the Issue Here

Media Guide

Population issues are often inaccurate and misleading in media stories, for example, repeating common myths and misconceptions. When we encounter this type of article, our Communications Team usually writes a letter to the editor to have our say.

Find our latest featured coverage, or use your knowledge to spread the word by writing to your local paper!

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Classroom Materials for K-12 Educators

Are you searching for unique, engaging lesson plans to make Earth Day more interesting for your students? Population Education offers an excellent opportunity to demonstrate to your students the ways in which human activities impact the environment!

There is a variety of lesson plans for all ages, such as mapping activities, modeling exercises, and interactive storytelling prompts. Students will be inspired to think critically about population dynamics and the environment.

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Presentations for Higher Education

By including population dynamics in higher education, we can prepare tomorrow’s professionals to work toward effective, rights-based solutions to climate change—namely, voluntary family planning and girls’ education.

As an integral part of our outreach strategy, our trained speakers engage with college-level students and Population Connection members and their networks in thinking about human population dynamics through lively, thought-provoking presentations that focus on global population challenges.

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