For more information about the events on this list, email Lee Polansky at firstname.lastname@example.org. Events marked with * are open to the public.
*August 27 Denver Humanists
October 5 Ft. Lewis College (CO)
Population Connection seeks to engage students and adult activists in thinking about global population growth through lively, thought-provoking presentations focused on causes and impacts as well as how we can meet the challenge. Population Connection has been engaged in population issues for more than four decades on hundreds of college campuses.
There is never any cost nor any fees involved in hosting a member of our staff to speak to your group.
Format: As preferred, either PowerPoint or brief talk, in each case followed by questions and discussion. See an example talk by John Seager here.
- Root causes of global population growth
- Impacts on humans, wildlife, and the global climate
- Solutions to rapid population growth, especially family planning
- Social, political, cultural, and technological challenges of stabilizing population
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Population Connection does not engage in any electoral activity or otherwise promote any candidates for public office.
Praise for Past Talks
“Your talk was the highlight in my classes when you’ve spoken before and really made an impact.”
Anthony Snider, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
University of North Carolina Wilmington
“What a great lecture! I must say that it was one of my most enjoyable lectures to attend.”
Linda Brown, Administration
Aquarium of the Pacific
Long Beach, CA
“The talk you gave at Northwestern last month on global warming and population issues . . . provided students with an excellent knowledge base on this issue. The students told me that they really enjoyed your talk, and learned a lot from it.”
Sarah Lovinger, MD
Program in Environmental Policy and Culture
“Thank you for coming to Turlock and giving your thought-provoking, non-confrontational, outstanding presentation.”
Pamela Roe Ph.D.
California State University Stanislaus
“The participation vis-à-vis the many questions from the attendees, not to mention being surrounded for an hour or so after the formal presentation, speaks volumes about your ability to engage an audience. Your honed skills were apparent in your effortless and seamless transition from topic to topic as you allowed questioners to ask what was on their mind without losing the intended flow of your remarks.”
Program Chair, Piasa Palisades Sierra Club
“Your talk was a real highlight for us and was most instrumental in making the whole weekend a resounding success.”
Calvin Wood, Ph.D.
Phi Beta Kappa
Northern California Association
“I was really impressed. Better than that, I was really entertained! A friend who was there wrote ‘I really enjoyed the talk and learned a lot. Thanks for hosting . . . kind of like reading a really great New Yorker article!’”
Searle Whitney, Ph.D.
Institute for Population Studies
President and CEO
John has been a guest lecturer at more than 50 colleges and has spoken to numerous environmental, religious, and community groups all 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 also served as Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Peter H. Kostmayer (D-PA). John is a veteran of more than 50 political campaigns and the author of numerous op-eds and articles on various aspects of population growth including links to aging, poverty, and social change. Seager holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.
National Field Director
Rebecca manages outreach for Population Connection’s Grassroots program, a position she has held since 2008. She organizes Capitol Hill Days, Population Connection’s annual advocacy weekend. Prior to working at Population Connection, she taught in the learning disabilities program at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. She graduated from Bates College with a B.A. in Women and Gender Studies.
Senior Policy Associate
Stacie came to Population Connection in 2007 as a Government Relations Fellow and joined the full time staff in 2008 as a Policy Associate. She represents the organization both on Capitol Hill and in meetings with coalition partners, and particularly enjoys getting outside the Beltway to speak on population issues for general audiences. She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the George Washington University, with a concentration in Gender and Social Policy.
Population Education staff
Professional development for teachers and nonprofessional educators
Members of our staff and national Trainers’ Network facilitate 500-600 workshops annually for teachers and nonformal educators at conferences and in-service programs, as well as for future teachers in their education methods classes at campuses throughout North America. Every workshop is tailored for the participants’ grade level and subject area.
Learn more about Population Education Workshops, and find a form to request a workshop here: http://populationeducation.org/content/teacher-workshops
Member Relations Coordinator
Heaven first became an activist by mobilizing communities throughout California to ban fracking, a technique of natural resource extraction that was developed to meet the needs of a growing population with devastating consumption patterns. From going door to door to waving down people in the streets, Heaven can talk politics to nearly anyone. She made the population connection while studying development in Ghana. She loves children, but saw firsthand the impact that large families has on the life goals of women who aren’t using modern contraceptives. Supporting our members allows Heaven to utilize her experience with activism while continuing the fight for a more sustainable planet.
Member Relations Coordinator
Growing up in Philadelphia, Maeve saw firsthand that not every child receives a quality education. She was empowered to take things into her own hands and make a difference in her local community. While in college, she recruited potential future educators to teach and improve schools in low-income areas. Maeve made the population connection in college when she did research on the relationship between the amount of education a woman receives and how many children she chooses to have. Maeve brings her experience in recruitment to support and empower our members to be activists in a way that is comfortable for them.
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