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[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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Climate Change

Unknown-1 Climate Change & the Link to Child Marriage

By Suzanne York Child marriage is a difficult issue that is complicated by culture and religion, and especially by poverty.  Now it seems that climate change is another complicating factor. It might be surprising to find out that extreme weather could be increasing the rate of child marriage and other detrimental impacts on children. But
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Economics and GDP

[photo: www.globalresearch.ca] Trade Trumps Climate: The Trans-Pacific Partnership

By Suzanne York It’s ironic that while much attention is focused on getting to a climate agreement in Paris that at the same time the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is being negotiated.  On the one hand you have efforts to reduce global carbon emissions as a means to protect people and the environment.  On the other
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Biodiversity/Conservation

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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Environment/Sustainability

[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: http://www.thebusinesswomanmedia.com] Standing at the Crossroads

By Suzanne York, www.transition-earth.org “We are the first generation with the knowledge of how our activities influence the Earth System, and thus the first generation with the power and the responsibility to change our relationship with the planet.” That statement was written in 2011 in a journal article by a group of some of the
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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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