[image credit: http://neanikoipalmoi.blogspot.com/2013/01/blog-post_1924.html] Can the World Move Beyond “Infinite-Planet Thinking?”

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org “Can the world get richer forever?” asks a recent article in the BBC News. If you ask a politician, mainstream economist or the 1%, the answer is likely to be “yes.”    As noted in the BBC piece, growth “is almost universally seen as a Good Thing.”  If you ask most environmentalists,
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[image credit: nova.campusguides.com] Is Word Getting Out that Population and Climate Change are Connected?

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org “In fact, person for person, reducing birth rates in industrialized nations has a bigger impact on greenhouse gas emissions because affluent people use more of the Earth’s resources and depend more heavily on fossil fuels.” Thus wrote the editorial board of the Los Angeles Timesover the weekend. Word is getting out
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[photo credit: www.unmultimedia.org] Population is Complex, and That is a Good Thing

By Kimberly Absher, guest youth blogger, www.howmany.org Population is the proverbial elephant in the room of the world’s problems. Despite its massive importance in determining the fate of, well, everything, it is frequently ignored or glossed over. Meanwhile, 250,000 people are born every single day, many in resource-deprived areas. How do we change this? An
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[photo credit: www.greenpeace.org] Saving Wildlife by Eating Green

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Changing the way we live, to better our lives or the environment, is not always an easy thing to do.  Yet often times simple changes can amount to big differences. Take eating less meat, for example.  Eating less meat probably has a greater impact than changing to energy-saving light bulbs. You
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[photo credit: data.unfpa.org] Family Planning is a Smart Investment

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org. In a time of government budget cuts and austerity programs, family planning is a low-cost investment that yields big dividends.  And more importantly, it saves lives. Globally, there are 222 million women in developing counties who lack access to contraception.  Off these, 162 million women live in the world’s poorest countries.
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Lion in Namibia [Wikimedia Commons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lion_waiting_in_Namibia.jpg] Cecil the Lion and The Connection With Family Planning

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org The outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion from Zimbabwe is palpable. Sadly, this lion is just one of many species of animals killed by trophy hunters (as well as poachers). Yet would people be outraged if they knew that wild habitat for almost all species in Africa – and
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Climate Change

UNHCR The Pope’s Message on the Moral Issue of Climate Change

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Across the world many people are waiting with bated breath as one of society’s most influential religious leaders weighs in on the topic of climate change and its impact on people and the environment. Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church, is releasing an encyclical (a papal letter sent to bishops)
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Water Issues

[image credit: conserve.sfwater.org] The Wild West and the Spreading Drought

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org. It’s still a month until summer begins, and the drought in the western U.S. continues to be headline news.  Just wait until August. A couple of news items from the past week perfectly highlight the scope of the drought that is impacting the western U.S., and the role of human hubris
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Reproductive Rights/Women's Rights

UNFPA - supporting women's reproductive health in Nigeria [photo credit: nigeria.unfpa.org] Celebrate Mother’s Day by Empowering All Women

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org. Mother’s Day is a good time to reflect on the status of women.  Though we honor mothers, women face many hurdles and much inequality today that make one question how much we as a global society respect women, whether they are moms or not. Empowering women and improving the state of
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[photo credit: www.goldmanprize.org] The Struggle to Protect Mother Earth: David vs. Goliath

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org The Goldman Environmental Prize ceremony was held this week, just prior to Earth Day.  It is an annual prize given to six environmental activists who face tremendous struggles – even death threats – to protect their environment. As the world endures increasingly serious environmental problems and intensifying impacts from climate change,
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Other Resources

[Photo Credit: “Safia Fungie Hasenna – Climate witness from Ethiopia” by Zeresenay Berhane Mehar courtesy of flickr user Oxfam International] Improving Lives on World Population Day and Beyond

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org In honor of World Population Day (July 11th), what better way to recognize the importance of the multi-faceted population growth issue than to look at success on the ground. In Ethiopia, some of the biggest issues facing the local communities are high population pressure (due to large family size and few
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Family Planning

[photo credit: www.huffingtonpost.com] Approach to Family Planning: A Tale of Two Countries

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org. What is the role of government when it comes to having babies?  Should the goal be to empower women or promote economic growth? The government of Ethiopia announced earlier this week that it will try to lower its total fertility rate to 2.6 by the year 2020 from the current rate
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Consumption and Waste

Ad by the Surfrider Foundation Filling the Food Chain with Plastics

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Oceans are the lungs of the planet, and make up 99% of it.  Yet more and more, humans are using it as a garbage can.  Many people have likely heard about the giant floating garbage dump in the Pacific Ocean – the Pacific Trash Vortex – which is full of discarded
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