Overpopulation threatens the quality of life for people everywhere. Population Connection is the national grassroots population organization that educates young people and advocates progressive action to stabilize world population at a level that can be sustained by Earth’s resources.
Fulfilling Population Connection’s mission requires smashing any and all barriers that prevent people from fulfilling their reproductive destinies. It’s never about “population control.” It’s always about empowering people — especially women and girls. We must ensure that people are fully able to choose their own paths — including deciding for themselves whether, when, and with whom to have children. We must address the unmet need for family planning of the 218 million women in the developing world who want to prevent pregnancy but have an unmet need for modern contraception. And we must also empower people in the United States to avoid unintended pregnancies, which currently account for 45 percent of all pregnancies in this country.
Global population is projected to hit 8 billion around the year 2023, depending on fertility rates over the next few years. One in ten people already lives below the international poverty line of $1.90 per day. Up to 1 million species are threatened with extinction in the coming decades, and our encroachment into wildlife habitats is responsible for such catastrophes as the current global COVID-19 pandemic.
Until everyone, everywhere, has access to affordable and appropriate contraceptives, comprehensive reproductive health care, and equal opportunity in education and employment, global environmental crises, food and water shortages, and entrenched poverty will continue unabated. We must dedicate every available resource to advocating in Washington, DC, for dramatic increases in family planning aid and to educating tomorrow’s leaders about the troubling realities of rapid population growth.