Skirting the Population Issue: Why Journalists Need to Tackle Growth

May 20, 2010 • Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Peter Seidel for this article from 2003.

Why is it so hard for journalists covering the environment to address population?

Do we lack the guts to tackle really tough, controversial issues? Or do we lack the smarts to sort out the complicated and often-indirect role population growth plays in problems such as water shortages, declines in biodiversity and suburban sprawl?

We’ve been talking for years about how population growth is one of the major under-reported stories on our beat. I remember sitting on a panel at a Society of Environmental Journalists conference in 1994, offering tips for “localizing” what many perceived then as a global issue. That wasn’t the first, or last, how-to session.

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