Newsletter No. 13, March 2017

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

Patrons, Drs. Paul and Anne Ehrlich

Drs. Paul and Anne Ehrlich
Paul and Anne Ehrlich are perhaps best known for their population advocacy work and have displayed rare leadership on the subject of population growth. Last month Paul Ehrlich was a presenter at the Vatican conference to discuss biological extinction, where he made the case that humanity is experiencing the sixth mass extinction of plant and animal life. A profile of the Ehrlichs and their work is available on PIC's patron page.
Image granted with permission

Food Insecurity Rife for Conflict-Ridden Areas: UN

Young boys fish for food
Famine has been formally declared in South Sudan. Meanwhile, food security is of "grave concern" in northern Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen.
Image: FAO

Child Marriage Outlawed in Malawi

Malawi girls present petition to end child marriage
Welcome news: Young people have played a huge part in the successful effort to end child marriages in Malawi.
Image: Plan Canada

Access to Contraception in Europe is Highly Variable

Contraception Atlas-Europe
The European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (EPF) has found that while of all the 44 countries analyzed should be doing more to improve access to contraception, some are doing much better than others. France leads, Russia trails.
Image: Contraception Atlas

Runaway Growth in Egypt

Egypt’s population rose to almost 93 million earlier this year and demographers project that the country’s total will be 150 million by 2050. This video is two years old now, but the article it's embedded in was written recently, and offers a concise look at the implosion of the once relatively strong family planning program of Egypt.

Global Population Figures

By the end of March, the world's population is projected to reach about 7,494,777,000 people—an increase of 13,477,000 people since our last newsletter at the end of January, 2017.
The growth rate is currently estimated at 1.11%, down from 1.13% in 2016.
Source: Worldometers World Population Clock

Population News in Brief

  • The Canadian government has pledged $650 million over the next three years to fill the gaps in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) funding resulting from President Trump's reinstatement of the global gag rule in January.
  • number of hurdles, including cost and availability, are preventing women in Canada from being able to access Mifegymiso, the 2-step drug approved to terminate pregnancies of up to 7 weeks' gestation.
  • 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa—home to 400 million people—face water scarcity as new evidence shows accessible fresh water has fallen by two-thirds over the past 40 years.
  • A new study from Johns Hopkins University supports the proposition that women should be able to get birth control pills without having a prescription from a doctor.
  • A report published in the journal Biological Conservation finds that recent increases in human pressure and forest loss are causing the degradation of over 100 Natural World Heritage Sites (NWHS) globally.
  • The new United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) representative in Iran has voiced support for the Islamic Republic’s plans to stimulate population growth.


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“Sexual and reproductive health and rights are human rights. All women have the right to choose whether and when they want to have children, and how many. The empowerment of women and girls everywhere in the world begins with their right to be in control of their bodies.”

- Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Global Affairs News Release, March 2, 2017

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 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 our planet.
Patrons: Sir David Attenborough; Robert Bateman; Margaret Catley-Carlson; Drs. Paul & Anne Ehrlich; Robert Fowler; Dr. William Rees; Dr. David Schindler; Ronald Wright. See patron bios.

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