Newsletter No. 8, June 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

Is the population-climate connection finally taking hold?

Slum in Caracus, Venezuela
Finally, there are indications researchers are acknowledging population growth as a factor in influencing climate change. Recent summaries and reports from the Worldwatch Institute's Family Planning and Environmental Sustainability Project, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IDCC) and most recently, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Secretariat, indicate researchers are starting to make the connection. 
Image: Wikimedia|Creative Commons CC1

Mapping Contraception

Contraceptive prevalence around the world

Data show divergent levels of contraceptive use between Africa and much of the rest of the world during the past two decades.To find out more about global contraceptive trends, you can access these insightful infographics, based on the UN's 2015 Report on Contraceptive Use.
Infographic: Superdrug Online Doctor

Sand's disappearing act...

New York Times op-ed World's Disappearing Sand
Since 1950, the world’s urban population has ballooned from 746 million to over 3.9 billion. This has meant the disappearance of one of the twentieth century's most valuable and underrated resources: sand.
Image: Sally Deng|The New York Times

The UK's Guardian: Contraception a crucial foreign policy intervention against unsustainable population growth

Breaking down barriers that prevent women and girls from exercising the human right to control their fertility “should be at the heart of every development project,” according to The Guardian’s Editorial Board. In its opinion, the inseparable link between unrestricted access to contraception and low fertility makes clear that family planning must be a central component of foreign policy as the best means of addressing unsustainable population pressures.

We petition for family planning

PIC campaigns to make family planning an integral, significant part of Canadian aid with the objective of making safe, affordable contraception available to all women everywhere.

Help us to make this a reality.

Sign our petition to Prime Minister Trudeau
Image: UNFPA 

Staggering bird loss in Spain

Little Busturd (Tetrax Tetrax) bird
Over the past twenty years (1996 - 2015), nearly 64.5 million common birds have disappeared in Spain, according to data collected by more than 1,000 citizen scientists from SACRE, the Spanish chapter of the European Breeding Bird Survey. The environmental and economic consequences of the birds’ absence leads to other questions. For example, if all of this happens to animals we can actually count and see, what could be happening to much smaller species that are just as important, like bees and grasshoppers? 
Image: Francesco Veronesi | CC2.0

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Food for thought

"On my 70th Birthday I was asked: What are Mankind’s prospects? My reply: We are behaving like yeasts in a brewer’s vat, multiplying mindlessly while greedily consuming the substance of a finite world. If we continue to imitate the yeasts we will perish as they perish, having exhausted our resources and poisoned ourselves in the lethal brew of our own wastes. Unlike yeasts, we have a choice.
What will it be?"

—Canadian author and social activist Farley Mowat.

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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