environment

We Can Save the Planet if We React Decisively: The Healing Ozone Layer Is Proof

I admit, when I heard that today was International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, my initial reaction was confusion. Wait, I thought. The ozone layer gets its own day? I thought we already fixed that. Back in the 90s, we heard a lot about the holes in the ozone layer and how […]

A Burning Desire for Beef: Amazon Wildfires and the Brazilian Cattle Industry

As fires continue to burn in the Amazon Rainforest, celebrities express concern and top government officials pledge financial support. The Amazon has an utmost importance to the planet; it’s earth’s largest rainforest and home to a fifth of the world’s plants and birds. Environmentalists worry that the fires will lead to further species extinction and […]

Human Activities Threaten Up to 1 Million Species With Extinction

The UN just presented a teaser of its most comprehensive report on biodiversity since 2005, and the central point it makes is devastating: Up to a million plant and animal species are threatened with extinction, and human activity is to blame. Changes in land and sea use, direct species exploitation, climate change, pollution, and the […]

Pollinator Week 2018: Making the Population Connection

June 18-24 marks a weeklong celebration of the hardworking critters that fertilize our planet’s flowering plants! Let’s take this National Pollinator Week to recognize both the indispensable contributions of pollinators in our daily lives—and the major threats they face thanks in part to rapid population growth. Bees may be at the center of the spotlight […]

Four Ideas for Earth Day 2017 That Will Make a Statement Against Trump

1. March for Science Donald Trump is not a man of science: He believes climate change is a hoax, has proposed cuts to many different types of scientific research, and is working to undo important environmental regulations on power plants and other pollution-heavy industries. Take part in the national March for Science this weekend (you […]

Why Don’t Environmental Groups Talk About Human Population Growth?

Most of the United States-based environmental groups do acknowledge that human population growth is a contributing factor to environmental degradation and the strain placed on natural resources (see this blog post by the Natural Resources Defense Council, this blog post by Conservation International, this page on the World Wildlife Fund website, and this event description […]

Making the Population Connection this Earth Day

Preserving our beautiful planet has been central to Population Connection’s mission since it was founded as Zero Population Growth in 1968. Our members know that every single environmental challenge — including climate change — is made more difficult by a continually growing population. Earth Day is this Saturday, April 22, and Population Connection members and […]

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