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EARTH DAY, APRIL 22, 2019:
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Earth Day 2019: A Call To Action

A Smaller Population Is Key To An Environmentally Sustainable Future!
As we race toward Earth Day on April 22nd it is time to both celebrate and educate. 

This will be the 49th Earth Day celebrated here in the U.S. and around the world, since 1970, when countless millions of the earth’s inhabitants opened their eyes to the ravages that humankind was placing on our tiny planet of limited resources.

The launch of Earth Day greatly influenced the thinking of NPG’s founders, who were convinced of the need to get people focused on the fast-paced rise in population numbers here in the U.S. They created Negative Population Growth only two years later in 1972 and, as it quickly enrolled thousands of members, it grew to be one of the premiere population-focused groups in the nation.

Today, the activism of NPG members and supporters continues to play an important role in the fight for responsible population policies—especially working to forcefully push back against the ever-growing “open border” lobby and quell the soaring number of illegal and legal immigrants entering our country. It is a battle we must win!

Concurrent with that campaign, NPG also remains in the forefront of the environmental movement. We are presently compiling the returns from our 2019 NPG Member Environmental Survey and will release the results soon. This is our first full-fledged gauge of member input related to our environmental activities and we are looking forward to using the opinions shared to better shape NPG’s future environmental activism.

Finally, we included below our 2019 NPG Earth Day ad, tied to the theme of TOO MANY PEOPLE, which will run in The Washington Times on or around Earth Day.  


On the 30th Anniversary of Earth Day in 2000, former U. S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, who is considered to be the founder of Earth Day, wrote a challenging essay entitled The Environmental Future: How Do We Get There From Here?
“Thirty years ago, on April 22, 1970, Earth Day burst onto the political scene. Twenty million people demonstrated their concern over what was happening to the natural world around them – polluted rivers, lakes, trout streams, ocean shores, the air we breathe and much more. The people cared, but the political establishment seemed oblivious to it all. The specific objective on Earth Day was to stir up a public demonstration big enough to shake up the establishment and force the environmental issue onto the national political agenda. Earth Day was a truly astonishing grassroots explosion. It achieved everything I had hoped for. At long last, the environment was on the national agenda, where it will remain as a constant reminder for this and future generations.

This brief essay speaks to the fundamental issue of our time – forging a sustainable society. A sustainable society may be described in several ways: a society whose activities do not exceed the carrying capacity of its resource base; or a society that manages its environmental and resource systems so that their ability to support future generations is not diminished. Every nation on the planet faces the same challenge.

Since the first Earth Day, we have tried a lot of things. We have learned a lot, and we have achieved a lot. It has been a kind of piecemeal approach to the environmental challenge. We tackled the most obvious and threatening problems – air pollution, water pollution, etc. Even after 30 years there is still much to do in these areas. We have learned that almost all environmental problems are either preventable – or at least manageable. With this new knowledge we now stand at the threshold of a “Golden Opportunity” to change the course of history. We can do it by turning away from the uneconomic practice of fueling our economy by consuming our natural capital. Forging an economically sustainable society is the practical and profitable alternative. We know all we need to know to launch a long-term program that will lead us to sustainability.

After three decades of discussion, debate, legislation and education, there has evolved a new level of understanding and concern over what is happening around us. The public is prepared and, in the end, will support those measures necessary to forge a sustainable society if the President and the Congress present a well-documented and convincing case. Failing to achieve sustainability is not an acceptable option. That would be a disaster for future generations.”


As we observe Earth Day here in 2019, it has been 19 years since Senator Gaylord celebrated the “Golden Opportunity” that loomed before humankind. And while substantial advancements have been made in cleaning-up and protecting the world’s fragile environment via major human commitments and technological innovations, the issue of overpopulation still screams for attention. It is an issue that must be forcefully addressed and acted on by national, state and local leaders across the board if we are ever going to make progress in creating a more livable world.  

As it has for 47 years, NPG will continue to serve as one of the leading world organizations fighting to slow, halt and eventually reverse America’s population growth. This goal is at the heart of our mission. And with the help of our thousands of dedicated members and supporters we will continue to better educate our nation’s policymakers, as well as the American public, about the devastating effects of overpopulation on America’s resources, environment and the quality of our lives.
Get ready! Next year, will be the 50th anniversary of the very first Earth Day and 2020 is sure to be a celebratory year. 

NPG looks forward to joining with countless national and world-wide organizations to emulate Senator Nelson’s actions in 2000, in taking a good hard look at all we’ve accomplished together, renewing the “save the planet” fire within the hearts of global citizens, setting challenging new environmental goals, and moving forward to meet them.  

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Best Data-Centric Lesson Plans for Earth Day 2019
BY LINDSEY BAILEY | April 17, 2019
Earth Day is next week, April 22nd. PopEd wants to help you make the most out of this teachable moment by providing lesson plans that use relevant, real-world data while also emphasizing important environmental themes.
Data is an effective avenue for exploring a range of environmental issues, from climate change to habitat health to water use. The use of real-world data brings these issues to life, making abstract concepts more tangible and encouraging students to develop deep connections and thorough understandings. Not to mention that the use of data encourages critical thinking and analysis skills, both of which are emphasized in the NGSS and Common Core standards. So don’t miss out – these real-world data lessons are sure to be new favorites in your Earth Day resource library.
Three lesson plans for Earth Day that use real-world data
In this high school biodiversity lesson, students analyze written articles, graphics, and numeric data to compare modern rates of extinction to background rates. It’s a great activity for APES!
Percentage of Species Gone Extinct Over Time
The data connection: The numbers about extinction rates can be dizzying, but when students do their own calculations, they become more accessible and memorable. Viewing the data in visual format through charts and graphs allows for quick yet striking comparisons.
Why use it on Earth Day? This year’s Earth Day theme is “Protect Our Species.” Scientists assert that we are now in the middle of a Sixth Mass Extinction because of human activities. The observed extinction rate is between 1,000 and 10,000 times the background rate with as much as 50 percent of all species headed toward extinction by 2050. Humans are irrevocably damaging the delicate web of life that we so critically depend on, and awareness plays a key role in species protection.
Bins in school cafeteria for separating lunch wasteThis elementary level lab activity has students collect their own data on both individual and whole-class lunchtime waste. By weighing their waste every day for a week while implementing new waste-reduction habits like reusable containers and non-plastic utensils, students see how a change in behavior can have an immediate positive impact.
The data connection: What’s more real-world than collecting data about your own life? When students collect their own stats, they not only get practice with data collection and recording methods, but also become engaged in authentic learning and problem solving.
Why use it on Earth Day? According to the EPA, the average American generates almost 4.5 pounds of trash per day. While about one-third of that gets recycled, the rest ends up in landfills where it can leak toxic chemicals into the surrounding soil or water supply. Reducing waste is the most effective way to combat our outsized waste footprint.
Middle School Lesson on Diet Cows PopulationIn this hands-on middle school lesson, students graph global meat consumption, use manipulatives to explore the environmental impact of four different types of protein, and discuss the pros and cons of a shifting global diet.
The data connection: Sometimes looking at data in a new format is key to understanding it. In this lesson, students use a grid and colored bingo chips to display data on various proteins’ impacts on water, land, and the atmosphere. This lesson is a great entry point for discussing the pros and cons of various types of data illustrations.
Why use it on Earth Day? Meat production is an incredibly resource-intensive process. It takes approximately 1800 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of beef and 33 percent of all cropland is used to farm grains, fruits and vegetables for livestock. Decreasing consumption of animal-based foods can have a significant positive impact on the planet.
For the next couple of months, PopEd will continue to share classroom resources and lesson plans that highlight the use of relevant data from the world around us. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter OR search #PopEdRealData and #PopEdTheme to stay in touch and get exclusive access to a slew of engaging lessons!
 Image credits: Graph: “Accelerated modern human-induced species losses: Entering the sixth mass extinction” by Gerardo Ceballos, Paul R. Ehrlich, Anthony D. Barnosky, Andrés García, Robert M. Pringle, and Todd M. Palmer. Science Advances, Volume 1(5):e1400254, 19 June 2015; Waste bins in cafeteria: Portland Public Schools; Cows: 

This Earth Day, Save the Planet: Eat more plants!
Posted on April 18, 2019
April 22, 2019, will mark the United States’ 49th anniversary of Earth Day—an annual celebration of the planet’s natural beauty and a call to action for environmental conservation. While publications and news reports continue to warn us about the vital importance of governments addressing global climate change, you might be wondering how best to approach environmental conservation as an individual. This Earth Day, we invite you to learn more about the benefits of plant-based diets.
Raising livestock = bad news for the environment
Did you know that animal agriculture is a leading driver of deforestation, habitat loss, ocean acidification, species extinction, water pollution, water use, topsoil erosion, and desertification? Industrialized agriculture, which is central to the world economy, has resulted in such large-scale environmental degradation and unsustainable resource use that former Energy Secretary and Nobel Prize winning physicist Steven Chu has deemed it “worse for the climate than dirty energy.” In a recent talk at the University of Chicago, Chu argued, “If cattle and dairy cows were a country, they would have more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire EU 28.” Indeed, estimates have shown that 51% of the world’s carbon emissions are attributed to livestock.
If you aren’t familiar with this information already, it might seem somewhat difficult to believe. How can animal agriculture be worse for the environment than everything else? The answer is that the processes required to sustain agricultural production on an industrial scale are extensive and extremely resource-intensive. For example, 80-90% of the water consumed in the United States is used for animal agriculture, and researchers at Cornell University have shown that producing one pound of animal protein is actually 100 times more water intensive than producing one pound of vegetable protein. For reference, one pound of beef requires 1,800 gallons of water!
Animal agriculture has also resulted in large-scale land conversion, including the clearing of forests to grow feed crops and to provide grazing land for livestock. The widespread use of pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers used mainly to grow feed for animals only adds to the damage. These processes disrupt natural ecosystems and contribute to habitat destruction, species extinction, and waste production on a massive scale. According to one of the authors of a recent UN report, “animal products cause more damage than [producing] construction minerals such as sand or cement, plastics or metals. Biomass and crops for animals are as damaging as [burning] fossil fuels.”
Plant-based diets can help save the planet
The push amongst the scientific community for a global shift towards a vegan diet is also reflective of the world’s rapidly growing population, which is set to reach over 9 billion people by 2050. Scientists warn that ‘western’ diets rich in meat and dairy are inherently unsustainable—so much so that a “global shift towards a vegan diet” is necessary to prevent imminent threats such as world hunger, poverty, and some of the major impacts of climate change.
Keegan Kuhn, filmmaker and co-director of “Cowspiracy,” says, “Nothing short of a global shift to a vegan diet will work. The idea that we as a human population can continue to eat animals in any real capacity simply isn’t looking at the whole picture of global depletion.” So this Earth Day, use your power as a consumer to affect real, positive environmental change.
Interested in learning more about environmental conservation, veganism, and population dynamics? Join Population Connection at Berkeley’s Vegan Earth Day celebration on April 21! We will be hosting an informational table from 10AM-5PM, and PHE Specialist Hannah Evans will be presenting on the connections between population growth, access to health care, and environmental sustainability. More details can be found here. We hope you can make it!
Not local to the Bay Area? Click here for a list of Population Connection Earth Day events in your area.
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From March 29th-April 1st, 350 activists stormed D.C. to speak out against Trump’s Global Gag Rule, and to urge their elected officials to support the Global HER Act.  . . .   Student activists and Population Connection members and supporters from across the country gathered for this weekend of learning about the impact of U.S. policy on real lives abroad and the international effort to halt the damage of Trump's Global Gag Rule.  [Gag Rule = censorship of information and education about contraception = population increase = CO2 increase.  –D]   Crowds gathered at the #Fight4HER rally in Layfayette Square
One of the many highlights of the weekend was hearing from historian and writer Cynthia Greenlee, who presented a fascinating keynote address about the activists who have gone before us. She stressed that "we should take hope there will be a different future." Armed with resources about how best to #Fight4HER, we’re looking forward to this tremendous group of activists leading the #Fight4HER through the remainder of 2019 and beyond. . . .   At the lobby day following the weekend, student and veteran advocates swarmed the Capitol, meeting with
more than 150 Senate and House offices. Senators and Representatives were asked to support the Global HER Act to repeal the Global Gag Rule, to increase funding for international family planning programs, and to restore U.S. support for the United Nations
Population Fund (UNFPA).

Bill McKibben.    FALTER:  Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?  Henry Holt, 2019.  304.   Publisher’s comment:
Thirty years ago Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about climate change. Now he broadens the warning: the entire human game, he suggests, has begun to play itself out.
Bill McKibben’s groundbreaking book The End of Nature -- issued in dozens of languages and long regarded as a classic -- was the first book to alert us to global warming. But the danger is broader than that: even as climate change shrinks the space where our civilization can exist, new technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics threaten to bleach away the variety of human experience.
Falter tells the story of these converging trends and of the ideological fervor that keeps us from bringing them under control. And then, drawing on McKibben’s experience in building, the first truly global citizens movement to combat climate change, it offers some possible ways out of the trap. We’re at a bleak moment in human history -- and we’ll either confront that bleakness or watch the civilization our forebears built slip away.

Falter is a powerful and sobering call to arms, to save not only our planet but also our humanity.
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 “[An] unsettling look at the prospects for human survival. . . . Readers open to inconvenient and sobering truths will find much to digest in McKibben’s eloquently unsparing treatise.” —Publishers Weekly(starred review)
“A compelling call for change.” —Kirkus Reviews

Nathaniel Rich.  LOSING EARTH:  A Recent History.
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2018.  224pp.
By 1979, we knew nearly everything we understand today about climate change—including how to stop it. Over the next decade, a handful of scientists, politicians, and strategists, led by two unlikely heroes, risked their careers in a desperate, escalating campaign to convince the world to act before it was too late. Losing Earth is their story, and ours.
The New York Times Magazine devoted an entire issue to Nathaniel Rich’s groundbreaking chronicle of that decade, which became an instant journalistic phenomenon—the subject of news coverage, editorials, and conversations all over the world. In its emphasis on the lives of the people who grappled with the great existential threat of our age, it made vivid the moral dimensions of our shared plight.
Now expanded into book form, Losing Earth tells the human story of climate change in even richer, more intimate terms. It reveals, in previously unreported detail, the birth of climate denialism and the genesis of the fossil fuel industry’s coordinated effort to thwart climate policy through misinformation propaganda and political influence. The book carries the story into the present day, wrestling with the long shadow of our past failures and asking crucial questions about how we make sense of our past, our future, and ourselves.
Bridle, James.  New Dark Age: Technology, Knowledge, and the End of the Future.  Verso, 2018.  The warming and changing climate “shakes not merely our expectations for our digital culture, but our ability to predict any future at all.”
Peter Carter & Elizabeth Woodworth.   Unprecedented Crime: Climate Science Deniers and Game Changers for Survival.  2018.  Leaders of fossil fuel industry and their political enablers should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity.
A Few older books.
O’Neill, Brian, et al.  Population and Climate Change.  Cambridge UP, 2001.   An “exhaustive examination of the technical interactions of climate change and population growth” (Firor and Jacobsen 227). 
John Firor and Judith Jacobsen.  The Crowded Greenhouse: Population, Climate Change, and Creating a Sustainable World.  Yale UP, 2002.
Although they anticipate little possibility of stopping climate change,  they are charged with “great joy” because they “will not give up,” for although the world’s population, temperature, and climate changes are increasing, humans have made progress since their origin, and we should celebrate that.     They invite us all to dance “in the crowded greenhouse that we wish to change” (204).
Alan Weisman, Countdown: Can We Finally Have a Serious Talk About Population?  2013.

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