When Population Connection was founded as Zero Population Growth, or ZPG, in 1968, there were 3.5 billion people on the planet. Since then, our world population has doubled – with no end in sight. The United Nations projects that world population will reach 9.6 billion by 2050, and nearly 11 billion by 2100.
Why does it matter? One in eight people is hungry. More than a billion people live in areas where water is already scarce. High fertility leads to poor health outcomes for mothers and their children. Rapidly expanding populations can keep nations mired in a cycle of poverty and contribute to social and political unrest. And biodiversity is lost when plants and animals are crowded out to make room for more development.
As America's largest grassroots population organization, we focus on the connections between population and three main issue areas: