Posts Tagged ‘ human rights ’

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

Jun 17th, 2015 | By
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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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Is Word Getting Out that Population and Climate Change are Connected?

Jan 27th, 2015 | By
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By Suzanne York. “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 that
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Population is Complex, and That is a Good Thing

Jan 7th, 2015 | By
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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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Support Our Work on Population, People and the Planet!

Dec 30th, 2014 | By
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Dear Friends, 2014 was the hottest year on record. Also in 2014, however, people marched in the streets to take action on climate change, and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act created greater access to contraceptives for women. As we head into 2015, population is a critical part of almost every pivotal issue facing
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Investing in Youth Benefits Everyone

Nov 20th, 2014 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org How does the old adage go?  Youth is wasted on the young, right? It is only wasted if the world chooses to not support and invest in young people.  Today, there are more youth than ever before in the history of humankind.  The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in its just
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Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Toilets

Nov 18th, 2014 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Worldwide, 2.5 billion people lack access to proper sanitation.  That is nearly 40% of the world’s population. In fact, more people have a cell phone than a toilet. That is why World Toilet Day is recognized on November 19th.   A project of UN Water, the day is meant “to raise awareness
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The Earth is Big, Humans are Small

Oct 22nd, 2014 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org The theme of this past weekend’s Bioneers Summit Conference was “revolution from the heart of nature,” but more than that, it was also that land and life are sacred. If you aren’t familiar with Bioneers, it is an annual conference that just celebrated its 25th year. Attendees are referred to as
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Earth Overshoot: Are We Willing to Pay Such a High Price for the “Good Life”?

Aug 19th, 2014 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Global overshoot.  You’d have to be in serious denial, or living under a rock, to not realize that humanity today is living beyond planetary means.  We take so much from Earth to live our lives today. August 19th is designated as Earth Overshoot Day, the date humanity exceeds the carrying capacity
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The Intersection Between Our Environment and Reproductive Health

Apr 21st, 2014 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org What is the connection between the health of our bodies and the health of the planet? The sad reality is that every day products are damaging our health, especially the reproductive health of both women and men, and damaging our environment.  As people in the U.S. and around the world celebrate
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Turning Up the Heat on Family Planning

Nov 29th, 2013 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org The third annual International Conference on Family Planning ended in mid-November with a focus on successful initiatives and with momentum to enact voluntary family planning services and education for people around the world. The breadth and depth of work undertaken by professionals and activists is exciting.   From addressing maternal mortality to
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