PMC Works to Stabilize Global Population

The planet and its resources cannot support continual population growth. If the rights of women and girls are realized – population dynamics will change, and we’ll improve the health and prosperity of individuals, families, and the Earth.

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Why Population is Important

We cannot have a sustainable planet without stabilizing population. As human populations grow, human demands for resources like water, land, trees, and energy also grow. Unfortunately, the price of all this “growth” is paid for by other endangered plants and animals and an increasingly volatile and dangerous climate. Any truly meaningful conservation and sustainability efforts must take the expanding human population footprint into consideration.

Globally, over 228,000 people are added every day — each needs sufficient land, water, shelter, food, and energy for a decent life. But, luckily, population growth is not an intractable problem. Population growth has relatively easy and inexpensive solutions and because population impacts every environmental challenge — it is an essential element to achieve sustainability.

In the 21st century, working on the population issue means working against oppressive cultural practices such as the low status of women around the world, gender-based violence, genital mutilation, forced prostitution, and child marriage. It means supporting girls’ education and reproductive health. After all, the denial of the rights of women and girls are important factors that significantly contribute to high fertility and population growth: because they rob women of social power and self-determination.

225 million women in the developing world want to avoid a pregnancy but are not using a modern method of contraception. This reflects women’s diminutive roles, even in relationships with their partners and spouses concerning the number of children to have, more than it reflects a lack of access. By weakening and eliminating scourges like child marriage — along with strengthening women’s rights — global population will stabilize and start a gradual decline sooner rather than later. No doubt the natural world will applaud this, as will the individuals around the world benefiting from healthier communities and a more stable climate.

Vigorous pursuit of equal rights for women and girls, including women’s reproductive self-determination and girls’ education, is the heart of good population advocacy.

How does Population media center address overpopulation?

Entertain. Educate. Empower.

PMC creates entertainment specifically designed to address deeply entrenched social norms, particularly addressing the status of women and girls.

PMC’s dramas create long-term social change and create demand for important services, like schools or health clinics.

By enhancing the status of women and girls, PMC eradicates the underlying causes that inflate population growth while also addressing crucial human rights concerns.

About PMC Dramas

People deserve good health

People deserve space to live and play

People deserve food and water

Girls deserve equal opportunities

What Do Solutions Look Like?

Every advocate for population stabilization should be an ardent supporter of girls’ education, family planning, and the myriad of other issues that enable gender equity.

The Misperception that Population Growth is Stopping

You are living in an extraordinary time — the planet Earth is, at this very moment, experiencing an incredible human population rise. It is estimated that the world population reached one billion in 1804. It was another 123 years before it reached two billion in 1927, but took only 33 years to reach three billion in 1960. Thereafter, the global population reached four billion in 1974 (14 years), five billion in 1987 (13 years), six billion in 1999 (12 years) and seven billion in 2011 (12 years).

This rapid increase is no longer due to a high growth rate acting on a relatively small population base. For example, as recently as the year 1967, a population growth rate of 2.11% acted on a total population of 3.4 billion to produce annual global population growth of 73 million people.

Now, the situation is the opposite. Global growth has fallen by 50% — a good thing, to be sure. But, this lower growth rate of 1.1% is acting on an enormous total population of 7.3 billion. Counter intuitively, this is resulting in even larger annual population growth than in 1967 — over 80 million additional people per year. This enormous total growth works out to eye-popping numbers: 1.5 million more people added to the planet every week. Over 220,00 people per day. That is 9,000 more people every hour, or 150 more people per minute. Almost 3 more people every second. And we expect the Earth to automatically and easily provide land, food, shelter and other resources for these fellow people, plus all of us already here. This is a very tall order for a finite planet to handle.

Very Different Possibilities Exist for the Future

We must act. We must empower women and girls. We must bring population in line with sustainable resources. Slowing population growth helps protect all people, species, and the planet. These are the possible population projections from the UN.


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Population Controversy

Work related to population can be controversial, and those discussions should not be overlooked. Population advocacy should be centered around empowering people, improving lives, and letting people make their own decisions. Population stabilization is achieved through pursuit and realization of a progressive human rights agenda; we can enhance the rights of women and girls and protect the Earth.

Horrors of Coercion
Population interventions based on demographic targets have seen coercive methods in the past, including the forced sterilizations in India in the 1970s and other human rights abuses that continue to surface. PMC acknowledges these for what they are: horrific. PMC does not support coercive approaches to stabilizing population because they are inhumane and unnecessary. There are human rights enhancing ways to contribute toward population stabilization. Let’s improve the status of women and girls.

Population vs. Consumption
Population is sometimes not seen as part of the problem. Instead, the problem is identified as things such as capitalism, consumerism, or inadequate technology. PMC fully supports the important work being done by other organizations to address over-production and over-consumption. We must lessen excessive ecological footprints wherever they occur, including those of corporations, governments, and individuals. However, the equation that leads us to today’s incredible outstripping of the Earth’s resources and ecological impoverishment includes both our socio-economic behaviors and the number of people. We must address both in order to live sustainably. Regardless of how little an individual might consume, or how responsibly a corporation might produce, at some point a large enough population would still outstrip available renewable resources.

People must question the intentions of groups working to change demographics. PMC relies on demographic data and input from host countries to determine areas of highest need. Because PMC knows that improving human health and human rights lowers fertility rates and improves the lives of individuals, the places with human health and human rights needs are the places where PMC goes to work. We don’t care what your color, creed, or ethnicity is, we want to help improve your opportunities to make informed decisions and live healthy, happy, prosperous lives.

Cultural Respect
Whenever one organization works within a different culture, a tremendous amount of care must be taken. PMC hires all local writers, actors, and production staff to create programs that are culturally specific. The issues addressed in each program are based on the concerns of the host country, and the values of the program are based on the policies of that country, including the UN agreements to which the country is a signatory. In some programs, in-country staff does address harmful traditional practices, such as female genital mutilation or domestic violence. The staff work hard to think about how to approach the topics and how to spur conversation within the audience. What often results is a realization that “common” and “culture” are not synonymous. Unnecessary death and suffering are not culture and it can’t be justified as such — instead, misinformation is often the culprit.

Economic Growth
Many believe that population growth is necessary for economic growth, which is often the opposite. The real measure of economic welfare is not gross national product (GNP), but GNP per capita. It is clear that individual incomes tend to rise as fertility rates fall. In fact, every country that has been reclassified from developing status to developed status since World War II first started with fertility reduction by promoting family planning and small family norms.

Religious Concerns
Religious perspectives on issues like contraception and reproductive health vary greatly, even within branches of the same religion, but according to the Demographic and Health Surveys, many women cite male opposition, religious opposition, or misinformation as the primary barriers to using contraceptives — not access. In all countries and all religions, it requires examination to know if religion is a barrier to reproductive choice and if religious leaders are opposed or supportive.

Abortion: Right to Choose
Women should have the right to choose whether or not to follow through with a pregnancy and abortion should be legal and safe. But we must work hard to decrease the need for abortions. By providing communities with culturally appropriate information and access to contraception and family planning services, the number of women seeking abortions will decrease. We want every child to be a wanted child.

PMC does not work on immigration.

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