Newsletter No. 9, July 2016

PIC is the voice of Canadians concerned with global overpopulation and its negative human and environmental consequences.
-Madeline Weld, Ph.D.
President, Population Institute Canada

Vanishing insects and why they matter

Butterfly and vanishing insects
Insect populations have declined dramatically in the past 40 years. This article examines reasons for their plight and the consequences for the natural world if action isn't soon taken to reverse the trend.
Image: ©  | Dreamstime Stock Photos

Is "Family Planning" a phrase in need of a reboot?

family planning postage stamp

Some young people, sexual health researchers and practitioners are setting aside the term "family planning" in favor of others, such as "future planning," to encapsulate a language of choice, contraception and planning that works for everyone.
Image: Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Designed by Charles Reid. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Philippinesthe only Asian country where teen pregnancies are on the rise

To the detriment of women's economic and educational prospects, and the country's economic well-being as a whole, the Philippines is the only country anywhere in Asia where teen pregnancies are on the rise, according to the UN Population Fund

Promising new ocean clean-up test underway

ocean trash barrier
A promising prototype for an ocean barrier that passively collects floating plastic trash without harming or trapping sea life has been launched in the North Sea. If successful, it could capture about half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 years' time.

Continued delays on availability of abortion pill in Canada.

Mifepristone abortion pills now legal in Canada
Given that RU-486, the so-called "abortion pill," has been approved for over a year and that the medication could be a game-changer in providing women in Canada with safe medical abortions—especially in rural communities where abortion access is often difficult—the Globe and Mail asks, and we wonder, too: why the delay in access?
Image from Globe and Mail editorial/Gill Allen/AP photo

In case you missed it...

July 11th, World Population Day
  • 4.3 births and 1.8 deaths occur every second—a net gain of 2.5 people per second for our planet.
  • 7.3 billion people inhabited our planet in mid-2015. We may see another 2.5 billion added by 2050.

For other global population facts, read PIC's news release to mark World Population Day, 2016. 
Image: Suns Design |

Sign our online petition for family planning

PIC campaigns to make family planning an integral, significant part of Canadian aid with the goal of making safe, affordable contraception available to all women everywhere, not least in the developing world.

Help us to make this a reality.

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A new journal for population-related issues

Population and Sustainability Journal
Population and Sustainability
, published by PIC's UK sister organization Population Matters, presents papers "exploring all aspects of the relationship between human numbers and environmental issues." The first edition, launched in June, is available here.

PIC is the voice of Canadians concerned with overpopulation and its negative human and environmental impact. Founded in 1992, it campaigns to increase support for reproductive health and education, especially for women and girls, and for universal, voluntary access to family planning which the UN notes, "...could bring more benefits to more people at less cost than any other single technology available to the human race." 

Fact: Continued global population growth, together with overconsumption, is incompatible with a healthy, sustainable future for humanity and the environment.

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