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Condoms and Soap Operas to Save the World: A Forum in Arizona

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

TUCSON, ARIZONA– About 140 people learned about endangered species condoms and soap operas as methods to save the world on September 10th in Tucson, Arizona. The event, titled “How Can Condoms and Soap Operas Save the World?” was co-hosted by the Arizona Chapter of Population Media Center, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the University of Arizona’s Department of Communication.

The audience gathered to hear Bill Ryerson, President of the Population Media Center (PMC), Kieran Suckling, the Director of the Center for Biological Diversity, and Jennifer Aubrey, Associate Professor of Communications at the University of Arizona discuss domestic and international efforts to bring about positive social change. Continue Reading »

Mende’s signature propels 5 new serial dramas in D.R. Congo

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Kinshasa, D.R. Congo – Tuesday in Kinshasa marked a pivotal point for Population Media Center (PMC), as Lambert Mende, the Congolese Minister of Media, signed a Protocole d’Entente that will allow PMC to launch five new radio serial dramas in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Not only will PMC be producing more shows in a single country simultaneously than ever before, but programs will air in five different languages, targeting the Congo’s pressing health and human rights concerns related to reproductive, maternal, and child health. Continue Reading »

Bram Kleppner Becomes Chair of Population Media Center’s Board of Directors

Monday, May 19th, 2014

SHELBURNE, VT – Bram Kleppner believes in working hard to tackle difficult problems. This is just one of the reasons Population Media Center recently named Kleppner as Chair of its Board of Directors.

“We are very lucky,” says Population Media Center President, Bill Ryerson, “to have a Board Chair with Bram’s experience and expertise, not to mention his dedication to our mission.”

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Population Media Center Request for Proposals for Website Revamp

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

SHELBURNE, VT –Population Media Center (PMC) knows that strategic and audience-specific communications have tremendous impact. This year, PMC has two exciting opportunities. First, PMC will be partnering to produce a worldwide campaign titled Global Population Speak Out in 2015. Second, PMC is poised to tell the story of our work and its impact. With these two goals in mind, PMC is looking to hire a website development vendor.

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PMC and Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere Co-Hosting Conference March 23 & 24

Thursday, March 6th, 2014


On March 23 and 24, 2014, Population Media Center and the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere will co-host a conference in Washington, DC. The goal of the workshop is to develop innovative strategies for increasing broad based public engagement in the population imperative. It will engage experts from various population and environmentalist groups, foundations, and universities, as well as policy makers and civil society leaders.

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TV Interview: Leading Population Expert, Bill Ryerson

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Leading Expert Talks Overpopulation At SDSU
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Amita Sharma

Watch the interview.

Is there a limit to the number of human beings the Earth can sustain? And if there is, are we getting close to that number?

One of the world’s leading experts on population growth is speaking at San Diego State University on Wednesday. It’s a sensitive topic for many people and nations, but the growth of human population may also be the most important topic facing the future of the human race.

Ryerson told KPBS that the United Nations estimates our population will be between 8 billion and 10.1 billion by 2050. There are currently about 7 billion people on the planet.

He said energy consumption and water are major concerns as our population continues to rise. Continue Reading »

Talking About What We Don’t Want to Talk About : Alexandra Paul at TEDxTopanga

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Alexandra Paul gave the following presentation on the population issue at TEDx Topanga in early November. Alexandra has long been upset that out of the thousands of TED Talks to date, nary a one deals directly with human population. So, she fixed that problem. Please click through if you have the time.

During her activist career, Alexandra has written and produced JAMPACKED, an educational film broadcast on PBS about the human overpopulation crisis, which has won several environmental awards. She has also personally spoken, classroom-by-classroom, to over six thousand Los Angeles teenagers on the issue of human overpopulation. She has been honored by the United Nations for work on human overpopulation; been awarded the Green Cross Award by Mikael Gorbachev’s Global Green for Leadership on the Environment; and was named Activist of the Year in 2005 from the ACLU of Southern California.

Summer 2012 Newsletter

Monday, August 20th, 2012

PMC’s Summer 2012 newsletter features our newest programs in Sierra Leone and Burkina Faso. Also, read an in-depth article about the inclusion of transmedia in entertainment-education.

PMC Summer 2012 Newsletter (PDF, 2.2MB)

Help Improve News Media Coverage of Population

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Dear Colleague,

I am writing to ask for your help, advice and thoughts regarding coverage of population issues by the media.

It is my impression that the volume of news media coverage of population issues has increased significantly in the last few years. The food and energy crises of 2008 and 2011, political instability in various parts of the world, continuing loss of the biodiversity that makes the planet habitable, and a growing volume of material coming from population activists have helped to raise awareness among journalists that we may have overgrown the capacity of the planet to sustain our numbers and lifestyles.

Despite this progress, there is still a lot of inaccurate and biased coverage of population issues, both by the media and by institutions that favor continued population growth.

A clear example of this problem is how the US Census Bureau and the media presented the results of the 2010 Census – by focusing on percentage growth terms. Experiencing a 9% growth rate in the last decade, the US population situation was characterized by Robert Graves, Census Director, as follows: “The percentage growth this last decade…is thus the second lowest of the past century.”

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PMC’s 2010/2011 Annual Report is now available

Monday, October 18th, 2010

In 2010-2011, PMC had projects in Brazil, Burkina Faso, Caribbean, Ethiopia, Mexico, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Senegal, Sierra Leone, the United States, Vietnam and a worldwide electronic game.

2010/2011 Annual Report (PDF, 5.5 MB)