Newsletter No.7, May 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

Our message: fewer people equals less consumption, equals less harmful pollution leading to climate change

The Government is seeking public input on its approach to climate change before finalizing its national plan in the fall. PIC attended Ottawa's town hall consultations and argued that a policy aimed at fewer people globally is more crucial than ever. It's a subject that's still taboo for many, but you can help get the message out by adding your voice to make overpopulation a theme the Government can't ignore. 

State of the global the can?

It's distressing, if perhaps unsurprising, that the most comprehensive assessment of the world's six global regions finds the degradation of natural resources by humans is quickly outpacing Earth's ability to absorb the damage. But the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) stresses there is still time to reverse harm if governments act now. And that means it's more critical than ever to speak up about the negative impacts of increasing human numbers.
Image: R.Gino Santa Maria |

Increased abortion access in Canada: it's coming, but complicated

In welcome news, women in PEI will be given access to abortions on-Island for the first time in 35 years. And Health Canada is making RU-486, the so-called "abortion pill," available for release this coming July—a potential game-changer for women living outside of urban areas.
But there are still gaps to access, and restrictions may hamper its use.
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Shattering records...again April 2016 breaks global temperature records

The trend in global temperatures continues: April, 2016 is the 7th month in a row to make records and the 3rd consecutive month that the record was broken by the largest margin ever. According to NASA, humans have increased atmospheric CO2 concentration by a third since the Industrial Revolution began, and this has had a profound effect on the "forcing" of climate change. 

North America's migratory birds are in jeopardy

Chestnut-sided warbler
For the first time ever a comprehensive assessment has been issued on North America's migratory birds. The effects of development, habitat destruction and climate change - all repercussions of population growth - are such that we now see a third of North America's roughly 350 migratory bird species approaching extinction at an "unsettling pace," and species diversity is jeopardized across the continent.
Image: Rick Harris/flickr

We're petitioning for family planning

PIC campaigns to make family planning an integral, significant part of Canadian aid so that as many women as possible, where the need is often greatest, have access to safe, affordable contraception.
Help us to make this a reality.
Sign our petition to Prime Minister Trudeau
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Food for thought

Sir Peter Scott, First Chairman of World Wildlife Fund
From Sir Peter Scott, founder of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF): 
“You know, I have often thought that at the end of the day, we would have saved more wildlife if we had spent all WWF's money on buying condoms.”


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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