Award-Winning Editorial Cartoons Addressing Population Growth to be Exhibited at the Firehouse Gallery During August

July 5, 2005 • News

Shelburne, VT – Population Media Center (PMC), a non-profit organization based in Shelburne, will be hosting an exhibit entitled “Cartoons for Social Change: Political Cartoonists Tackle the Population Problem” at the Firehouse Gallery from August 2-31. The exhibit will be opened with festivities on August 2 from 6-8 pm including a keynote address by Jessica Oski, Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. The public is welcome to attend. Ice cream, hors d’oeuvers, and beverages will be served.

In conjunction with the exhibit, a lecture will be given at the Firehouse Gallery on August 11 at 7 pm by Bill Ryerson, President and founder of PMC, about how PMC uses the mass media to address population issues. Ryerson will be joined by Nancy Mosher, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, who will speak about opening a dialogue in the U.S. on sexual health.

The cartoons on exhibit were entries to PMC’s first annual National Population Cartoon Contest held in 2004. The exhibit will showcase the best of the 188 contest entries including works by some of the country’s best-known cartoonists. The cartoons have been published in the New Yorker, the Christian Science Monitor, Scientific American, and other leading U.S. publications. On display will be the award-winning work of Clay Bennett, a 2002 Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for the Christian Science Monitor, who took the $7,000 grand prize for his cartoon “Be Fruitful and Multiply… Now Divide” (see attached jpeg). The cartoons of Jeff Parker and Eric Lewis, second and third place winners, will also be exhibited.

Population Media Center works worldwide to bring about stabilization of human population numbers at a level that can be sustained by the world’s natural resources and to lessen the harmful impact of humanity on the earth’s environment. PMC’s primary strategy is to work with local radio and television producers in developing countries to create radio and television soap operas in which characters model positive health behaviors. This approach, dubbed “entertainment-education,” has been scientifically shown to lead to population-wide behavior change in the countries where it has been implemented. The National Population Cartoon Contest, now in its second year, is designed by PMC to raise awareness here in the U.S. about the devastating consequences of unchecked population growth on the earth’s environment and resources.

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