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Due to the risks during the COVID-19 pandemic, our Membership Engagement team will continue to refrain from hosting any in-person events. Although we can’t gather in person, we’ve updated this page with additional resources for you to expand your knowledge on issues important to our organization’s mission as well as virtual events we’ll be organizing.
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We have some great staff speakers who would love to present to your group, club, or classroom—virtually, or in person once it’s again safe to congregate.
During quarantine, we have begun offering conference calls and webinars as a benefit to members, to give you an inside look into our work and mission-affirming interest in issues related to population concerns. Future speakers will include friends and partners from outside the organization as well.
This archive will grow with time, as we will add new presentations when they become available. Enjoy!
Fall Speaker Series
We’re excited to be hosting experts in the fields of reproductive health care and reproductive rights as part of our Fall Speaker Series! This includes some of our very own staff members here at Population Connection and our sister organization Population Connection Action Fund and members of our Board of Directors.
To learn more about each speaker’s background or the topic of their presentations, please visit the speaker series main page.
“Contraceptive Mechanism of Action: In The Womb Where it Happens” with Dr. Mark Hathaway, Senior Technical Advisor for Reproductive Health at Jhpiego
“Education for Earth’s Sake: How PopEd Supports Teachers and Inspires Future Generations” with Carol Bliese, Senior Director of Teacher Programs at Population Connection Action Fund
“Family Planning in Francophone West Africa: Progress and Challenges” with Pape Gaye of IntraHealth International
“What Happens Next: A Discussion About Reproductive Rights Advocacy After the 2020 Election” with PopConn Action Fund Advocacy Panel
**Co-sponsored by Population Connection Action Fund**
“Population and Climate Change” course
During the month of August, Communications Manager Hannah Evans held weekly presentations exploring the intersections of population dynamics and climate change. These four sessions were meant to give participants a deeper understanding of how population growth relates to global issues such as climate justice, reproductive health, environmental justice, zoonotic disease outbreaks, sustainable development, and more!
This is an introduction to population studies, particularly useful for anyone interested in volunteering with Population Connection in the future.
For more information on the course, including presentation slides, recommended readings, and answers from the live Q+A sessions, please visit the course main page.
Summer Speaker Series
Over the course of the summer we were happy to host speakers with ample experience in the fields of conservation, reproductive health care, and reproductive rights. Presenters include experts from two of our partner organizations, WINGS Guatemala and Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH).
For more information on our speaker’s, please visit the speaker series main page.
“Responding to COVID-19 through a One Health approach to Gorilla Conservation” with Gladys Ziku-Soka, CEO and Founder of CTPH
“WINGS in the Time of COVID-19” with Dr. Rodrigo Barillas and Dr. Michelle Dubon of WINGS Guatemala
Virtual 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.
“Population Growth and Pandemics” with John Segar, President and CEO of Population Connection
Note: The audio in John’s presentation scrambles for a bit a couple minutes in (working from home has its tech challenges)—please skip ahead and continue listening!
“Population and Climate Change” with Hannah Evans, Communications Manager at Population Connection
Meet Our Members
Paula Grande and Middy Streeter
Paula Grande and Middy Streeter are long-time Population Connection members and volunteers. Through their passion for traveling the world, they have seen firsthand the effects of overpopulation on the environment. Some of their favorite places to visit include Brazil, France, Morocco, Spain, and Vietnam. They’ve even picked up a few languages along the way, including Portuguese, French, and Spanish!
Paula and Middy say this about themselves: “We are not the people who will sit back and do nothing. We have to do something.” They recognize the importance of volunteering and how volunteers can make a difference in people’s lives. “You have to make an effort in this world, and it’s a way to feel a little bit better about the future, too,” says Middy. They want to encourage everyone to volunteer their time, advising: “The key is never [to] minimize your contribution no matter how small it appears.”
Membership Relations Staff
Membership Relations Assistant
Ever since Stephanie realized how much humans were impacting the environmental wellbeing of our planet, she knew she wanted to spend her time protecting it for future generations. She made the connection over time, noticing how technological innovation, mass production, and depletion of resources skyrocketed to match rapid population growth over the past century. Population Connection’s human rights approach to this issue resonated with Stephanie as she eagerly joined the Membership Relations Team earlier this year. She looks forward to helping facilitate meaningful experiences for members as they make the connection themselves and with others in their communities.