Recognize World Population Day on July 11th, 2007

July 11, 2007 • News

Shelburne, VT – On July 11th, 2007 Population Media Center (PMC) will commemorate World Population Day. PMC is an international non-profit 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 commemorating World Population Day on Wednesday, July 11th. William Ryerson, President and Founder of Population Media Center will be available for interviews.

Population and Economy
The world population has reached an unprecedented 6.7 billion people, and it is continuing to grow by 80 million people every year. 99% of that growth is in the world’s poorest countries where people are commonly afflicted by poverty, civil unrest, and scarce resources. These countries are struggling to provide for their existing populations, and even when making strides to improve their infrastructure, they can not keep up with the dramatic population growth. Developing nations now require about $1 trillion per year in new infrastructure development just to accommodate their population growth – a figure that is very far from being met and is effectively impossible for these countries to generate.

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 an 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.

Humanity and Population
Improving the status of women is vital to stabilizing population growth and improving the health and well being of humanity. By improving a woman’s status in society, she will be able to educate herself and her children, gain access to reproductive health services, and make economic gains to improve her own life along with her family’s life. It is also important that men play an active role in maternal health. When men and women are equally valued in society, it is more likely that population numbers will stabilize, resulting in better living standards and a better outlook for the environment.

Recognize World Population Day on Wednesday, July 11, 2007
To gain more information about population related issues PMC’s founder and president, William Ryerson, will be available for interviews. Ryerson has a 36-year history of working in the field of reproductive health, including two decades of experience adapting behavior change communications to various cultural settings worldwide. He received a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.Phil. from Yale University. 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.

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