Population And The Environment

Population and the Environment: The Global Challenge

Presenter: John Pope

June, 2016

It’s often called the elephant in the room – world population growth.  The world’s fast growing population is not the first thing that comes to mind when discussing the environment.  It is often just one of the things listed as a contributing factor to the world’s slow and steady environmental degradation. 

So why are people afraid to talk about the direct link between rising population and environmental disasters?:  http://www.theguardian.com/environment/blog/2014/mar/07/environment-groups-problem-population

Rising population growth can lessen our quality of life because it: 
*    destroys resources, such as water and forests, needed to sustain us
*    slows the dynamics of a healthy economy
*    decreases the level of biodiversity upon which we depend

Here’s a good short article describing the issue:  http://www.populationmedia.org/issues/population/population-and-the-environment/

Sierra Club’s Global Population and Environment Program and Family Planning:  http://www.sierraclub.org/population/about/default.aspx#familyplanning

Quick facts on population: http://www.ecofuture.org/pop/facts/quick_facts.html

Population Institute of Canada (PIC) Director – Madeline Wells who presented at the VSHA a few years ago: http://www.populationinstitutecanada.ca/

PIC also offers a full page of excellent links on population here:  http://www.populationinstitutecanada.ca/what-others-are-doing/