Newsletter No. 12, January 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

Patron Ronald Wright

PIC Patron Ronald Wright
Canadian writer, historian and PIC Patron Ronald Wright is known for his critically acclaimed book/lecture series, A Short History of Progress, in which he elucidates the patterns of overpopulation and environmental destruction among ancient civilizations as a warning for modern times. His full bio is available on our Patron's page.

Why it's Vital to Campaign for Modern Contraception

In 2014, the Guttmacher Institute published findings showing that women with an unmet need for contraception made up 26% of those who wanted to avoid pregnancy, but would account for nearly 80% of unintended pregnancies.

New Map Reveals how Roads Devastate Nature

Open highway
European, Brazilian and US scientists have delivered a new map of humanity’s mark on the world, and it is striking.

Lucy's Story

Lucy Cutzan is a 24-year-old Guatemalan who defied cultural norms to go on birth control.This 2-minute video highlights the barriers and solutions to contraceptive use in rural Guatemala. From the Women & Girls Hub series "Contraception, Choice and Change."

Global Population Figures

By the end of January, the world's population is projected to reach about 7,481,300,000 people. 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 Dutch government is leading the charge to counter the impact of America's plan to halt foreign aid to organisations which support abortion in any way. The Canadian government is considering a global fund to counter the Trump directive now, as well.
  • In Canada, the first shipments of mifegymiso, the so-called "abortion pill," arrived and were distributed in two women's health clinics in January.
  • Lethbridge, Alberta has seen a ten-fold increase in its population since 1980, prompting a request for two additional fire stations.
  • The Pontifical Academy of Sciences announced a conference for late February at the Vatican on the topic of biological extinction. PIC Patron Paul Ehrlich is a featured guest speaker. 
  • A new study shows that lower fertility can simultaneously increase income per capita and lower carbon emissions, eliminating a trade-off central to most policies aimed at slowing global climate change.
  • A researcher in Health Studies has shown that optimizing the access and use of immediate postpartum long acting reversible contraception (LARC) could be an important component in accomplishing the UN Millennium Development Goal of improving maternal health worldwide.


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Quote of the Month

“Family planning... it’s a human rights issue, it’s a prevention issue. It’s a women’s issue. We need a big movement to bring governments together, bring partners together, raising these issues [to make clear] the impact of not meeting these needs … How many women will have an unplanned pregnancy, and how many women will die because of that? [There] should be a movement all over the world.” 
-Jagdish Upadhyay, Head of Reproductive Health Commodity Security and Family Planning at the United Nations Population Fund, quoted from "Why 222 Million Women Can't Get the Birth Control they Need."

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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