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Enough of this Baby Talk! Congratulations and Wall of Fame Honors to freelance writer Erin Migdol today for her piece in Mic about societal expectations and pressures for women to birth babies. In 12 Women With Perfect Responses for Why They Don't Have Kids, Migdol wonderfully makes the point that reproduction is not the primary purpose of a woman’s existence. “In a classic Seinfeld episode, Elaine sits surrounded by friends with kids as they accost her with the now-infamous line: ‘You gotta have a baby!’ We can only guess millions of women watched, nodding their heads and wondering: What do you say when society demands to know...
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Al Jazeera Breaks Population Taboo It’s my pleasure today to congratulate Al Jazeera correspondent, Step Vaessen, who authored this new opinion piece about population with unusual candor:  Indonesia Facing Overpopulation Crisis? Even the headline writer (probably Vaessen in this case) did the right thing, using a word rarely seen in the news media: overpopulation. Vaessen’s commentary earned Wall of Fame status by pointing out the obvious: “You know a country is overpopulated when people cannot afford to queue. In Indonesia this is visible every day at bus and train stations.” She paints a stark portrait of the inhumanity of crowds, competing for everything in short supply...
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Robust Economic Growth Takes Huge Toll on Planet's Biocapacity It may be a first for us to post a news release on the Wall of Fame. I had hoped by this morning to find a flurry of news stories about the release of Global Footprint Network’s 2015 National Footprint Accounts. Alas, this is not quite in the breaking news category at most news organizations. “Ecological overshoot now stands at 54 percent above the planet's biocapacity. This means humanity demands biocapacity 54 percent faster than what our planet can renew in one year. By contrast, our planet had 30 percent more biocapacity than what humanity used in 1961, the first year...
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Good Reporting on Bad News by AFP Applause today for Mariette Le Roux and Agence France-Presse for connecting the dots between economic growth and ecosystem destruction. Take a look at: Europe Still Off Mark on Sustainability Goals: Report At first glance, this looks like the usual environment story one will find buried on page 8. “Europe could miss several key targets for safeguarding its species, water, air and land, said a study Tuesday that warned economic recovery would add to the pressure on natural resources. While it has made great strides in recycling and greener energy, the continent has failed to stop habitat destruction, overfishing and pollution, said...
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Humanity's Staggering Impact - Get This Book Today I’d like to give a shout-out to James Gerken, Green Editor at Huffington Post, for letting HuffPost readers know about an outstanding new book, Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot. It’s a large coffee-table book chock full of stunning photographs, and Gerken wisely shares several photos with readers. He doesn’t review the book, and keeps his words to a minimum f(maybe he'll write more, soon).  I find it interesting that Gerken credits “conservation experts” for the book, not mentioning them by name (Population Institute, Population Media Center, and Foundation for Deep Ecology). He also gives the impression that the book takes on “population...
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Eclectica Cafe Podcast Busts Population Taboo It’s great to see media attention to the subject of human overpopulation on the rise. I applaud one recent example today, a podcast called Eclectica Cafe, titled – appropriately and candidly enough – Overpopulation Discussion With University Experts. The podcast series covers a wide range of topics, so featuring this subject on Eclectica Cafe – rather than preaching to the choir – is probably awakening many people to the fact that we live on an overpopulated planet. Hopefully it will generate some new thinking about family size. The hosts interview Barry Noon, with CSU’s Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Ohio...
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