Newsletter No.5, March 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

PIC's Latest Patron

UBC Professor Emeritus Dr. William Rees, co-developer of Economic Footprint analysis
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Dr. William Rees, Professor Emeritus, UBC.

PIC is pleased to announce that bio-ecologist Dr. William Rees has joined Population Institute Canada as Patron. A former Director of UBC's School of Community and Regional Planning, Dr. Rees is best known as the originator and co-developer of ecological footprint analysis, and has an abiding interest in the consequences of population growth. For a complete biography of Dr. Rees' areas of research, please visit his profile on our Patron's Page.  

PIC in Action



Director Outreach Cindy Graham attended a panel discussion to mark International Women's Day 2016. Hosted by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, exchanges included remarks by UN Under-Secretary Babatunde Osotimehin, the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on its report, State of World Population 2015.  Dr. Osotimehin's Ottawa visit coincided with a federal government announcement of new funding to the UNFPA to increase access to maternal, newborn and reproductive health services in developing countries.

Climate Awareness

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The impact of global warming will be quicker and more catastrophic than is generally expected, according to a team of influential scientists led by James Hansen, the former NASA scientist who in 1988 first brought climate change to the attention of the US Congress.

Canada Grows Up? Caputo

Canada's population surpassed the 36 million mark in January, according to Statistics Canada. Predictably, news outlets either rejoice that our numbers are growing, or lament that population isn't great enough — particularly given (unsubstantiated fears) of an aging population. But unsustainable growth has harmful ramifications, even for a country with seemingly limitless space like Canada. 

World Water Day 2016

March 22nd, 2016 was World Water Day.

As the UN notes, half of all workers on the planet are employed in water-related activities - but millions go unrecognized and unprotected.

Also worth noting: Since the UN instituted the observance of this day in 1993, global population has spiked by nearly 2 billion people.

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Earth's Fragility Captured and Exposed

Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot

Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot — a powerful photo-study of "the ecological and social tragedies of humanity's ballooning numbers and consumption" — was made available to PIC by the Population Media Center as part of it's Global Population Speak Out Campaign

PIC has presented the book at public presentations, and VP/Executive Director Clifford Garrard gave a copy to Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, at a private meeting where he had the opportunity to speak to PIC's mission.

In future, PIC plans to gift copies to selected Government ministers and other federal party leaders, including the Prime Minister.

Facts to Consider for International Women's Day, March 8, 2016

It's estimated that 222 million women in the developing world need and want contraception but do not have access to it. As a result, there are approximately 80 million unintended pregnancies each year.

Each year, almost 20 million women and girls in developing countries have unsafe abortions, from which 68,000 die.

Overall, almost 300,000 women die of pregnancy-related causes, including illegal abortion; another 10 million suffer from a temporary or permanent disability.

The Lessons of Spring

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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