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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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During quarantine we began offering virtual events such as webinars, presentations, film screenings, and training courses as a way to stay connected and share an inside look into our work and mission-affirming interest in issues related to population concerns. This archive will grow with time, as we will add new presentations when they become available. Enjoy!
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Arthur “Chuck” Knutson
California native Arthur Charles “Chuck” Knutson Jr. has a lifetime of experience that has shaped him into the population stabilization advocate he is today. During his high school years, he was an avid hiker and fisherman. Over time, he noticed there were fewer, high-quality outdoor spaces to explore as cities expanded and the population boomed. “The world population has more than tripled since I was born, and the California population has nearly quadrupled!” he exclaimed.
Supporting our mission when we were still known as ZPG, Chuck notes how Paul Ehrlich further contributed to his understanding of population growth and the environment. Concerned about our planet’s health, Chuck earned a B.A. in Environmental Biology from UC Santa Barbara and then an M.S. in Fisheries Biology from Humboldt State University. After college, he volunteered for the Peace Corps, serving as a high school teacher trainer in Bihar, India from 1969 to 1971. His time there was eye-opening, as he saw first-hand how rapid population growth can impact people’s livelihoods and quality of life. After returning to the states, Chuck went on to work at the California State Department of Fish and Game as a Marine and Freshwater Fisheries Biologist for 34 years.
To help others make the “population connection,” Chuck likes to start off by talking about mainstream environmental issues, such as climate change, pollution, and overconsumption. By using this approach, he finds it easier to lead others to make the connection on their own. Through his activism, Chuck hopes to achieve worldwide population stabilization “as soon as possible.”
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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.