PMC is developing a number of initiatives to reach the American public with information and motivational communications on population and reproductive health issues.
Among these is distribution of frequent news articles and editorials about population issues to a global list of population-concerned individuals and institutions. This email service has generated a flood of letters reacting to both negative and positive statements by political leaders, the news media, environmental leaders and others. Individuals can sign up for the mailing list any time.
PMC’s most recent project in the United States is the creation of a public service announcement. The PSA was created to highlight how the most pressing issues we face today as a planet and in the United States are compounded by a rapidly growing population. The need to stabilize population numbers is urgent and can be achieved through educating and empowering people around the world to use family planning. For more information on our PSA campaign, click here.
PMC has developed a program to place population experts and ecological economists on talk shows and news interviews in order to better inform the American people about population issues and the ramifications of continued population growth. This Population News Strategy will include distribution of editorial columns by population experts via the Cagle Syndication Service to its 800 subscribing U.S. newspapers and magazines.
In November 2008, PMC conducted a daylong Climate Change Summit in Los Angeles in partnership with the Writers Guild of America West, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Women in Film and the Environmental Media Association. The Summit gave attention to the health and security consequences of climate change and the role that population growth plays in accelerating the climate crisis. As mentioned at the Summit, the projected addition of 2.5 billion people to the world’s population between now and 2050 is the carbon equivalent of adding two United States to the planet. Writers and producers of numerous American television shows attended the Summit.
In May 2007, PMC held the Entertainment-Public Health Summit to bring together entertainment industry leaders and public health professionals for the purpose of creating dialogue and an ongoing mechanism for regular and speedy input by the public health community into entertainment programs on reproductive health and other health concerns. Read more about the Entertainment-Public Health Summit.
PMC’s West Coast Representative, Sonny Fox, is a Fellow of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which is the largest organization of global broadcasters, with members from nearly 70 countries and over 400 companies. In 2006, PMC participated in the International Emmy World Television Festival (held the weekend before the International Emmy Awards) with presentations on socially responsible broadcasting, in a panel chaired by TV Globo of Brazil. In 2007, PMC co-sponsored and participated in four panel discussions focused on socially responsible broadcasting. Watch videos of the panels from the 2007 International Emmy World Television Festival.
In 2004 and 2005, PMC conducted nationwide contests, which awarded prizes for the best published cartoons dealing with population-related issues. Read more about the National Cartoon Contest and view the winning cartoons.