Population Connection staff and local members joined forces with Utah Population Health and Environment Council (UPEC), Center for Biological Diversity, and Transition Earth to participate in the first United Nations Conference to take place in the U.S. outside of the UN headquarters in New York City. Roughly 6,000 people from about 120 countries attended the UN Civil Society Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, to discuss various topics concerning the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with added focus on building sustainable and inclusive communities.
Population Connection hosted a booth to bring visibility to our mission of global population stabilization, as well as to highlight our efforts with Population Connection Action Fund (PCAF) to repeal Trump’s Global Gag Rule through PCAF’s grassroots #Fight4HER campaign. Population Connection staff and volunteers raised awareness about population issues and collected petitions in support of the Global HER Act, which would create a permanent legislative ban of the Global Gag Rule.
While in Salt Lake City, Population Connection’s Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) Specialist, Hannah Evans, hosted a talk at the public library titled “Population Dynamics and Human Rights: Integrating Comprehensive Healthcare with Environmental Sustainability.” Hannah examined the root causes of population growth and the links between poverty, marginalization, women’s rights, and environmental pressures, including climate change.
Later in the week, Suzanne York, Executive Director of Transition Earth, and Kelley Dennings of the Center for Biological Diversity joined forces with Hannah to speak on a Population Dynamics panel at the conference. In accordance with the conference’s main themes of economic development, climate change, and women and girls, the panelists explored the connections between global population growth, access to health care, and environmental sustainability. They each provided insight into their respective organizations, and, with a focus on solutions, shared experiences of how linking women’s rights and health with conservation can lead to empowered lives and thriving ecosystems.
We would like to thank ALL of our Utah members and volunteers who took the time to help their fellow conference attendees make the “population connection.”
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