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PMC Articles Tagged 'Press Release'

July 11th – World Population Day!

July 10th, 2008 by Chantelle Routhier | 2 Comments

Today as we commemorate World Population Day, Population Media Center and Population Institute pledge their commitment to help bring population numbers into balance with natural resources, so humanity can live in harmony with the earth.
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CELEBRATE EARTH DAY WITH POPULATION MEDIA CENTER ON APRIL 22nd

April 21st, 2008 by Katie Elmore | Comments Off

Shelburne, VT - On April 22nd, Population Media Center (PMC) will celebrate Earth Day. PMC is an international nonprofit organization that strives to bring about the stabilization of human population numbers at a level that can be sustained by the world’s natural resources, in order to improve the well-being of people around the world and lessen the harmful impact of humanity on the earth’s environment. PMC uses entertainment-education strategies, like serialized dramas on radio and television that encourage positive social and health behaviors, such as the use of family planning and the empowerment of women.

Please join us in celebrating Earth Day on April 22nd. William Ryerson, President and Founder of Population Media Center will be available for interviews.

Population and Environment
Currently, there is a great deal of concern in the media, government, business, and general public regarding the issue of global warming. However, the impact of rapid human population growth on global warming is often overlooked. Decreasing consumption levels will not be enough if the human population continues to rise. The United Nations Population Division estimates that by the year 2050 the world population will reach 9.2 billion, with most of this increase occurring in the developing world. It is estimated that by 2050 over 50% of carbon emissions will come from developing nations. Not only does population growth significantly contribute to an increase in carbon emissions, but it creates a strain on other resources such as water, food, and energy.

Make the Link Between Population and Environment
For more information about population and environmental issues, PMC’s founder and president, William Ryerson, will be available for interviews. Mr. Ryerson has a four decade history of working in the fields of population and reproductive health. As a graduate student, he was Founder and first Chairperson of the Yale Chapter of Zero Population Growth (ZPG). He also served on the Executive Committee of ZPG, as Eastern Vice President and Secretary of the national organization. In 1970, he was featured in Life Magazine’s Earth Day issue organizing student activities on the Yale campus for the first Earth Day.

During the last two decades, he has been working to adapt the Sabido methodology of entertainment-education for behavior change on family planning and family size issues to various cultural settings worldwide. He has also been involved in the design of research to measure the effects of such projects in a number of countries, one of which has led to a series of publications regarding a serialized radio drama in Tanzania and its effects on HIV/AIDS avoidance and family planning use. He received a B.A. in Biology (Magna Cum Laude) from Amherst College and an M.Phil. in Biology from Yale University (with specialization in Ecology and Evolution). He served as Director of the Population Institute’s Youth and Student Division, Development Director of Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania, Associate Director of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, and Executive Vice President of Population Communications International before founding Population Media Center. Mr. Ryerson is listed in several editions of Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the East. In 2006, he was awarded the Nafis Sadik Prize for Courage from the Rotarian Action Group on Population and Development.

PMC Launches New Website and Logo!

March 18th, 2008 by Chantelle Routhier | 3 Comments

This year PMC celebrates its 10th Anniversary. We are very excited about reaching this milestone and would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation to everyone that has helped to make this happen.
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Serial Dramas that Rely on Top Psychologists’ Theories are Changing Social Behaviors Worldwide

December 14th, 2007 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

In Ethiopia, it can be dangerous for a girl to leave the house. Not because of war, or weather, but “weddings”—specifically the long-standing cultural tradition of marriage by abduction.
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William Ryerson, President of Population Media Center to Speak on a Panel About Socially Responsible Media At The International Emmy World® Television Festival

November 18th, 2007 by Katie Elmore | Add a Comment

Shelburne, VT – On Saturday, November 18th William Ryerson, President of the Population Media Center (PMC) will participate on a panel at the International Emmy World® Television Festival in New York City. The panel will focus on socially responsible television. Ryerson will speak on the panel along with other industry leaders.
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PMC Receives 2007 Global Media Award

October 24th, 2007 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

WASHINGTON – A U.S. Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, a television news reporter from the Philippines and a radio show host from Cameroon are among the 12 recipients of the Population Institute’s 2007 Global Media Awards for Excellence in Population Reporting.
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Population Media Center Acquires Rare Radio

October 1st, 2007 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

Shelburne, VT – On October 1, 2007 Population Media Center (PMC) acquired Rare Radio. Population Media Center is the leading practitioner of the Sabido methodology, a unique form of entertainment education, which is also employed by Rare Radio.
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Proceedings of the 2007 Entertainment-Public Health Summit are Available Online

August 11th, 2007 by admin | Add a Comment

In May 2007, Population Media Center and the Emory School of Public Health hosted the Entertainment-Public Health Summit, in association with the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, the Harvard School of Public Health, the Writers Guild of America West, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation.
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Religious Leaders from the Afar Region of Ethiopia Sign Declaration to End The Practice of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

August 1st, 2007 by Katie Elmore | Add a Comment

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – On August 1, 2007, thirty religious leaders from the Afar region, and representatives from the Islamic Affairs Bureau and the Women’s Affairs Bureau created and signed a declaration to end the practice of female circumcision (also called female genital mutilation or FGM). The declaration was one of the end results of a workshop Population Media Center (PMC) held on July 31st and August 1st to discuss the issue of female circumcision and what religious leaders can do to help eradicate the practice.
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Population Media Center Launches its Second Social Content Radio Serial Drama in Northern Nigeria

July 31st, 2007 by admin | Add a Comment

Kano, Nigeria – On July 31, 2007 Population Media Center (PMC) will launch its second social content radio serial drama in Nigeria. Through the use of character role-models, the drama aims to enhance knowledge and utilization of existing health services, provide important information about reproductive health and general health issues, encourage use of family planning, promote delaying marriage and childbearing until adulthood, promote small family norms, provide information about HIV transmission, and motivate people to take actions to improve their health and the health of their families. PMC will air 234 episodes over two years.

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