Population Connection

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Population Connection is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington D.C., United States that attempts to stop what they believe is an unsustainable rate of world population growth. The organization was founded as Zero Population Growth in 1968 by Paul R. Ehrlich, Richard Bowers, and Charles Remington, in the wake of the impact from Ehrlich's best-selling book, The Population Bomb. They adopted their current name in 2002.


Population Connection describes their mission as such:

"Overpopulation threatens the quality of life for people everywhere. Population Connection is the national grassroots population organization that educates young people and advocates progressive action to stabilize world population at a level that can be sustained by Earth's resources."[1]

In an interview with Discovery News, John Seager, President and CEO of Population Connection, stated,

"Population stabilization is not a cure all, but without it, it will be hard to solve much of anything else."[2]



Population Connection advocates for policies they believe will reduce the world's population. In 2012, they supported efforts to redirect funding away from abstinence-only sex education programs, increase government funding for family planning for low-income women, and make it illegal for pharmacists to refuse to fulfill birth control prescriptions due to moral or religious objections.[3]

Activist training[edit]

In 2011, Population Connection brought 78 activists (including 42 college students) to Washington D.C. in order to "train them to become effective constituent lobbyists."[3]


Population Connection claims to conduct more than 500 workshops for educators each year. Educators are trained to use their population resources in the classroom.[3]

The Reporter[edit]

The Reporter is Population Connection's magazine about overpopulation, the environment, poverty, and reproductive rights.[4]


  1. ^ "Goals and Mission". Population Connection. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Wall, Tim (13 Jan 2012). "Zero Population Growth = Healthier Planet?". Discovery News. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Goals and Programs 2012" (PDF). Population Connection. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "The Reporter". Population Connection. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 

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