7 Billion Emails: The Future of the Poplist

November 14, 2011 • Daily Email Recap

To Subscribers of the Poplist:

For the past several years, it has been my pleasure to send out many fascinating articles on sustainability issues, with an emphasis on population.  Initially, I intended to send only a few articles per year, but the volume of coverage of population issues by journalists has increased dramatically in recent years, especially during the food riots of 2008 and the recent milestone of reaching a global population of 7 billion.  It has, in fact, been hard to limit myself to one article per day, and, as you’ve noticed, from time to time, I have dared to send two.  All of the articles I have distributed over the years are housed at https://www.populationmedia.org/pmc-blog/ in chronological order.  The search box in the upper right corner of that page is useful for finding articles on various topics, such as climate change, biodiversity, water, food security, energy issues, sustainable economics, and women’s rights.  The participants on this list have sent most of these articles to me, and many have written excellent pieces for distribution.  Subscribers regularly tell me how valuable they find the articles to be in their work and in preparing themselves for what will likely be a very different world in years to come.

The sheer volume of articles coming my way now has led me to conclude that the time has come for someone to take over the operation of the network who can devote more time to it than I can.  Since Joe Bish, Population Outreach Manager at PMC, has been helping me for some time with identification and posting of articles, and since he scours the world’s press for population related pieces on a regular basis, I can think of no one better equipped to continue this function.  He will begin immediately reviewing articles for distribution, so starting today, please send your suggested articles and editorials to him at submissions@populationmedia.org.

From now until December 31, you will continue to see articles that I have chosen to distribute. After that date, I may occasionally send articles I come across to Joe with the suggestion he send them out. However, my role as official liaison to this list will be over so send your suggestions to Joe.  Thanks to you, this list, which started by my sending an electronic version of Garrett Hardin’s classic “The Tragedy of the Commons” to a few people, will continue to be a forum for sharing important information and ideas with population and sustainability activists, journalists, and scholars worldwide.

Best wishes,

Bill Ryerson

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