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“Why is reducing population growth essential to achieving sustainability?”

October 23, 2009 • Daily Email Recap

Take the Ryerson Challenge

Tell me in 25 words or less: “Why is reducing population growth essential to achieving sustainability?”

We live in an era of ever smaller sound bites. The whole world it seems is either texting or tweeting. Our attention spans are shrinking. Brevity is of the essence. On Twitter your “tweet” has to be 140 characters or less, including spacing and punctuation. So, quickly, can you tell me in 25 words or less why reducing population growth is essential to achieving sustainability?

This exercise may appear trivial, but there’s nothing trivial about finding better ways to communicate to the general public about population and sustainability. Send your entries no later than midnight (U.S. Eastern), November 6, 2009 to epontarelli@populationinstitute.org.

We will be selecting 20 semi-finalists, and then everyone on my e-mail list will have the chance to vote for the three best sound bites. You’ll be choosing a winner and two runner ups.

Need some help getting started? Here are some early entries:

• Dividing an ever shrinking pie of resources among an ever expanding population is not a recipe for prosperity. It’s a Ponzi scheme.

• It’s not how many people the earth can contain; it’s how many people the earth can sustain.

• Sooner or later, human population will decline. The only question is whether it’s due to falling birth rates…or rising death rates.

• Can we continue to feed an ever expanding human population? As they say on Wall Street, “Past performance does not guarantee future results.”

• How do we add 2.5 billion more people to the planet, eradicate poverty, feed the hungry, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80%? Good question.

• Population growth itself is not a problem. It just makes all the other problems harder to solve.

So, get creative. Tell me in 25 words or less “Why is reducing population growth essential to achieving sustainability?”


Current World Population

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