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Newsletter No. 11, November 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
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From The Globe and Mail


We were pleased to see the October 6th edition of The Globe and Mail pick up on the concurrent issues of population growth and carbon emissions, which are a result of the energy needed to supply that growth!

Bushmeat Hunt Drives Global Crisis

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Loss of habitat is commonly seen as the biggest threat to the survival of wild mammals. A new study, however, shows the hunt for bushmeat by humans makes an even more significant impact.
Image: CC2.5/Charles Sharpe

World Population Data Sheet 2016

World Population Data Sheet 2016-PRB
The world population will reach 9.9 billion in 2050, up 33 percent from an estimated 7.4 billion now, according to projections included in the 2016 World Population Data Sheet from the Population Reference Bureau (PRB).
Source: Population Reference Bureau, 2016 World Population Data Sheet
Recent reports in the mainstream media may be an indication of an increased awareness—or more importantly, a willingness to present—the issue of overpopulation, with its challenges and myriad potential controversies, to the general public. A video produced by the American Museum of Natural History this November was the focus of an article by online magazine Slate called "7 Billion People in Six Minutes."

PIC Advocacy Highlights, Fall 2016

  • PIC President Madeline Weld sent letters to editors of major papers responding to the following Canadian content issues: the ongoing challenges of providing mifegysimo (RU-486, the so-called "abortion pill") to women, and to columnist Andrew Coyne's support of the "Century Initiative," advocating that Canada increase its population to 100 million people by the end of 2100. 
  • Dr. Weld participated in the recent GrowthBusters webinar "Population: The New Conversation," organized by filmmaker Dave Gardner on Wednesday, October 26th. Participants included journalist Alan Weisman and author Benjamin Dancer, whose just-published population novel, Patriarch Run, is endorsed by both PIC's President and VP/Executive Director.

Population Related News and Activity, Fall 2016

  • Algorithm to replace the pill? A physicist working on the Higgs boson particle has created a fertility app that in testing was 99.5% effective at preventing pregnancy when used properly.
  • From November 23 to December 2 you can stream the documentary GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth at any time and at no cost by signing up for a free private screening pass. The film features sustainability experts Paul Ehrlich and William Rees, both PIC Patrons, as well as Juliet Schor and Al Bartlett.
  • World Vasectomy Day, November 18th, aimed to raise awareness of this under-utilized form of family planning, and to address misconceptions and fears about the procedure.
  • University of Florida report shows the state's projected population growth of 15 million people by 2070 will result in a water use increase of between 50% to 100%—and this doesn't include water required for mining and power generation. 
  • A Nov.16th article in The Financial Times spotlights the central African state of Chad, which is facing dire challenges due to its rising fertility rate (already among the world's highest), and where "supply and demand for modern forms of contraceptives are among the lowest in the world."

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"All environmental problems become harder—and ultimately impossible to solve—with ever more people."
PIC Patron Sir David Attenborough

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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