Here's something I never thought I'd see. My friend Paul Ehrlich was invited to the Vatican to discuss "how to save the natural world on which we depend." The workshop will take place on 27 February through 1 March, 2017.
I want to share some of the most important work being done in the world. Below you'll find Population Media Center's strategic plan. In a nut shell, they are aiming to triple their impact. Population Media Center is currently working in 10 countries. They aim to be working in 30 countries by 2025.
World Vasectomy Day (#WVD), a global initiative now in its fourth year, has become the largest male oriented contraception event in history. It is creating conversations among men about the benefits of family planning, addressing their concerns and helping them to participate in a role that is too often borne solely by women.
I recently met Greeley Miklashek, MD, psychiatrist and author of Stress R Us. What you'll find below is his essay, which correlates population density to human stress, mental health and infertility. I'm including this guest post on my blog because I think it is interesting and invites conversation. The views in this post belong to Miklashek. They are not my own.
Colorado author Benjamin Dancer wrote a “a hard-shooting kick of a thriller” to raise awareness about the rapid growth of the human population. “Disguising a heart of pure poetry,” the novel Patriarch Run has been described as “a literary meditation clutching a straight razor behind its back.”
The more I think about population growth the more worried I become. I wrote my novel Patriarch Run, in part, as a therapeutic release for this anxiety. However, all the activity in the lead up to the October 4 release of the thriller has given me some peace of mind.
A friend of mine, ethicist Travis Rieder at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, has recently come into a lot of attention. He was profiled on NPR in his college classroom while he was trying to convince his students to have smaller families.
If we could educate everybody to understand a very simple mathematical concept, we could save the world. Whatever your global concern is, it would likely be made better if everybody understood this formula.
A paper published by Shannon Elizabeth Bell and Yvonne A. Braun titled Coal, Identity, and the Gendering of Environmental Justice Activism in Central Appalachia suggests that women are motivated by their identity as mothers to leave a better world for their children. For example, the mothers interviewed by the paper's authors viewed their own activism as a defense of their homes.
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman is a non-fiction book about what would happen to Earth if humans suddenly disappeared. Weisman is a journalist who also wrote Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth? I should also disclose that Weisman endorsed my eco-thriller Patriarch Run. You can read that endorsement here.