Global Population Speak Out

Global Initiatives

Global Population Speak Out is a global grassroots initiative dedicated to engaging and educating people about the consequences of overpopulation that began in 2009 by Dr. John Feeney.

Global Population Speak Out has recruited substantial numbers of world-class scientists, academicians, opinion-leaders – and thousands of lay environmentalists and concerned citizens – to help bring international attention to the crises posed by population growth. Speak Out aims to make millions of people viscerally aware of the dangers and deprivations facing people and the planet and provide them with a way of making their concern and their voices heard. It’s an opportunity for others to speak out.

From 2015 through 2017, Speak Out partnered with the Foundation for Deep Ecology to distribute a large-format photo book that crystallizes the ecological and social tragedies of humanity’s ballooning numbers and consumption — Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot. You can watch a video recreation of the book’s opening parable, “Lord Man,” below.

Historically, Speak Out has oriented itself around a number of big events, such as its “Population 7 Billion: It’s Time to Talk” campaign that signaled Earth surpassing the 7 billion mark in October 2011.

Speak Out is a joint-initiative of PMC and Population Institute to create an international campaign that drives change.


Making a Difference

Global Population Speak Out has achieved 896 pledges to increase awareness with a variety of actions on behalf of participants, including posting information across social media outlets, writing letters to legislators, speaking in front of groups, creating and sharing videos, establishing websites.

Project Information

Title: Global Population Speak Out (SpeakOut)
Format: Issues Advocacy: Population
Location: United States and Global
Language: English and multi-lingual
Duration: 2009 – Current

Get involved in Global Population Speak Out 2015.

News Related to this Project:


PMC’s Big Book with a Bigger Message Receives IPPY Award

April 24, 2017 — This year’s 21st annual Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs) recognized Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot (OVER) as an Outstanding Book... Keep reading.


A Discussion Largely Missing from Climate Talks in Paris: Number of People

December 14, 2015 — PARIS, FRANCE – In the Climate Generations Area of the Climate Talks in Paris, people filtered through a... Keep reading.


PMC’s Joe Bish Awarded for His “Tough Work”

December 10, 2015 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – Imagine if your job required daily immersion in news articles and reports that demonstrated... Keep reading.


World Population Day Global Petition

July 10, 2015 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT — Global Population Speak Out (Speak Out), an international environmental activist network, is petitioning Pope... Keep reading.


New Video Highlights Family Planning and Education as Two Ways to Save the Planet

April 27, 2015 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VERMONT – Parents deciding to have only two children in order to better provide for them,... Keep reading.


Foreward by Musimbi Kanyoro, Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot

February 13, 2015 — Foreward by Musimbi Kanyoro, Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot See original/source content: https://populationspeakout.org/the-book/kanyoro-foreword/ WE ARE ONE HUMAN RACE living on one... Keep reading.


Environmental Activists Speak Out Globally in New Awareness Campaign

February 11, 2015 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – Population Media Center is giving away more than four thousand copies of a dramatic new... Keep reading.



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