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UN Cleverly Hides Real Purpose of World Population Day Friday was World Population Day, as declared by the United Nations and observed every year on July 11. I’m thinking that’s an excellent time to improve the population-literacy of the world. Journalists might actually be interested in writing about the state of the world’s population. I watched the media coverage pretty closely last week for items about World Population Day. While humankind’s overabundance on the planet is a crisis that should be reported on a regular basis, at the very least it should be in the spotlight on July 11. It’s clear there was a significant increase in media activity this...
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Does Inequality Render Overpopulation a Non-Issue? Of Course Not Our countdown to World Population Day July 11 continues. At Growth Bias Busted we are constantly playing whack-a-mole with efforts to dissuade us all from addressing overpopulation and instead focus on overconsumption. Today’s recipient of shame gets a whack for that reason. World Population Day – Inequity Is The Problem Not Population by Stellenbosch University psychology Professor Mark Tomlinson does a major disservice when it poo poos overpopulation as part of our sustainability challenge: “It has never been about over population but rather a system designed to encourage rampant consumerism, to reward greed, and to enable the global elite to amass...
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Addressing a World of Inequities on World Population Day I am really torn about whether to put this op-ed by Pamela Barnes on the Wall of Fame or the Wall of Shame. Why? On the one hand, Barnes (President of EngenderHealth) writes about the important issue of meeting the currently unmet need for family planning around the world. World Population Day is certainly a perfect time to bring this up: “I think about the more than 220 million women who want to delay or avoid pregnancy but still lack access to contraception. Understanding why universal access to reproductive health continues to fall behind other development goals is critical to bridging...
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Arunachal CM Appeals for Population Stabilization As we count down to World Population Day Friday, I’m finding more and more in the media on the subject of population growth. I’m glad to find some items worthy of the Wall of Fame. This story about “the need for population stabilization” in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh is an example of the quality of reporting and the public positions of elected officials we need more of. “Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on Monday appealed to all stakeholders to create awareness among the public on the need for population stabilization ahead of the 'World Population Day’….” In an...
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Horner: All’s Well with Alberta Finance This Friday is World Population Day, so this week I’m keeping an extra eye out for both exemplary population coverage and ridiculously biased population coverage in the media. The Minister of Finance of the Canadian province of Alberta starts off the week on the Wall of Shame. Doug Horner, also the Spruce Grove – St. Albert MLA (Member of the Legislative Assembly), disappointed with his June 30 annual report extolling the wondrous state of Alberta’s economy and finances. “Unemployment rates are steady, the economy is healthy and population continues to grow….”  I’m not sure these are Horner’s exact words, as there...
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