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February 2nd, 2012:

The Economics of Happiness: Film Showing and Discussion is a proud co-sponsor of the Bay Area premiere of this inspiring new film.

The Economics of Happiness challenges us to restore our faith in humanity, challenges us to believe that it is possible to build a better world. The film describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, an unholy alliance of governments and big business continues to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, people all over the world are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance, and, far from the old institutions of power, communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm - an economics of localization.

The film features expert insights from Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten, Samdhong Rinpoche, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Michael Shuman, Zac Goldsmith and Keibo Oiwa, among others. Senior Writer, Suzanne York, will join a panel discussion following the film.

Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Berkeley Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo. Ave., Berkeley
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February 9th, 2012:

Is Population Growth Inevitable?: How Slowing Growth Leads to Prosperity
Dr. Malcolm Potts and Dr. Martha Campbell of UC Berkeley's Bixby Center for Population, Health and Sustainability will present a fun and informative evening.

The topic: "How to help people understand how to slow population growth." This is central to ameliorating global issues of economic hardship, threats to basic reproductive health care and fragile ecosystems disappearing at record rates - as well as local issues of carbon emissions and resource shortages.

When not teaching at U.C., both spend time each year conducting research in the developing world.

Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Cost: Free
Location: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St. (at Bonita), Berkeley

February 23rd, 2012:

Exploring 7 Billion: Population, Inequities and Our Changing Climate

In cooperation with Berkeley Ecology Center, we'll host a screening of the internationally acclaimed award-winning film, Mother: Caring for 7 Billion, followed by a panel discussion on population and the environment.

Join experts from the Institute for Population Studies (IPS), the Sierra Club, Global Footprint Network and Earth Island Institute as we explore the complex and critical - yet often not discussed - intersection of population growth and climate change and the effects both have on human health, women’s rights, and the social and economic issues we face globally and locally.

Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Cost: Free
Location: Berkeley Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo. Ave., Berkeley

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March 8th, 2012:

International Women's is proud to support this important  day. We strongly believe -- and the data shows -- women's  education, access and empowerment are simple and cost-effective ways to reduce poverty and infant mortality, and improve maternal health and the environment.

As our own Suzanne York put it, "It's a win-win for people and the planet."  Check out her latest article at for good ideas on how we can make make next year's International Women's Day even better.

And today only, our friends at Tiroir A Films, producers of Mother: Caring for 7 Billion, offer the film free via web streaming. This film captures the personal story of an American mother's meeting with a young Etheopian woman who knows first-hand the meaning of disempowerment and overpopulation, and has become a leader in helping the women (and men) of her country break with some old ineffective traditions.

Economics of Happiness Conference

March 23-25, 2012: is a proud co-sponsor of The Economics of Happiness conference, happening March 23 – 25, 2012 at David Brower Center in Berkeley, California.

Connect, share and join in the movement for positive economic change!

This coming March, join Vandana Shiva, Annie Leonard, Richard Heinberg, Anuradha Mittal, Manish Jain, Helena Norberg-Hodge and many more for a ground-breaking conference in Berkeley, California. Through a program of plenary presentations and interactive workshops, we will explore ways of building a new economic system—an Economics of Happiness. Hosted by the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC), the conference will examine the structures and destructive qualities inherent in the corporate-controlled market economy and deconstruct the myths that have prevented us from making the necessary positive changes. Together, we will explore systemic solutions to support the local, globally—drawing inspiration from the many international grassroots initiatives: local food, new progress indicators, local business alliances, Occupy movements, urban agriculture, Transition towns, Ecovillages and more… Our documentary film, The Economics of Happiness, has already set the stage for an international dialog about localization and attendees so far are coming from the US, Europe, Australia, Bhutan and Burma. Come be part of the discussion!

Capacity is limited so register early to assure your place and receive the discounted ticket price.

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April 21th, 2012 - Berkeley Earth Day
April 22nd, 2012 - San Francisco Earth Day

Enjoy and celebrate our wonderful towns and planet on this 32nd annual celebration of Earth Day.

Earth Day celebrations have grown tremendously since the first one in 1970, but the human population has doubled. In 1970, it was widely understood that we could not have an environmentally sustainable future if we did not limit our regional and global populations. But now, too few opinion leaders even mention population size.

Senator Gaylord Nelson, one of the founders of that first Earth Day said: "The bigger the population gets, the more serious the problems become…. We have to address the population issue."  It is time to get the population issue back on the table. 

We'll have a table at the festival, so be sure to stop by and say hello and learn how the most effective "green" activities of all is to have a small family, and to encourage others to do the same....

Better yet, volunteer to help spread the word and break the taboo about population. Please contact us at "info at" for details.

It's from 12-5pm in Civic Center Park (Provo Park) at MLK & Allston. Visit the official Berkeley Earthday site.

May 3rd - 5th, 2012:

Population Association of America The Annual Meeting will be held May 3-5, 2012 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel.  (Note: The Welcome Mixer is on Wednesday, May 2, 8:30 p.m.   Important note: an additional session slot has been added on Saturday, May 5, 2:30 – 4:30 pm. will be attending this meeting.

May 13th, 2012:

Mother's Day free online film showing!

The film's producers write: "In celebration of mothers worldwide and all their contributions, this Mother's Day we are streaming the film for free from our website this Sunday at  There are still too many mothers who don't have access to health care, maternal care or family planning.  This is an opportunity to share the film with friends and loved ones and get everyone involved in creating a better world.  

Please help spread the word and after you have enjoyed the film, please like us on Facebook at"

Best wishes,

Joyce Johnson & Christophe Fauchere

June 20th, 2012:

Rio +20 Earth Summit - UN Conference on Sustainable Development. Twenty years after major heads of state met in Rio to put sustainable development and the environment front and center, there is more work than ever that needs to be accomplished. There can not be sustainability without a stable population, so we are working to ensure that women's empowerment and reproductive health will be on the agenda. Our own senior writer, Suzanne York will be attending the conference.

June 24th, 2012, | 2:00 - 4:00pm:

Caring for 7 Billion: Growth, Transition & Climate Change

Join members from the Institute for Population Studies (IPS), Transition Albany and Transition Berkeley as we explore the complex relationships between population growth, social equity and climate change, and the importance of Transition Towns in pursuit of the cultural and political struggles needed to break our addiction to growth.

We'll begin with a screening of the internationally acclaimed, award winning film:
"Mother: Caring for 7 Billion", and follow with a panel and audience discussion.The film examines both the overconsumption and the inequity sides of the population issue by following Beth, a mother and a child-rights activist as she comes to discover the population issue and the need to rethink our lifestyles and societies.

Cost: FREE

Location: Edith Stone Room, Albany Public Library, 1247 Marin Ave. Albany, CA

Wheelchair Accessible.

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July 11th, 2012:

World Population Day

World Population Day was established to raise awareness on the urgency and importance of population issues, including family planning, gender equality, poverty, maternal health and human rights . It is observed annually on July 11th. It encourages activities, events and information to help make this right a reality around the world.

We will be organizing an event in Berkeley to promote awareness of national and global overpopulation issues. Be sure to check back to see the latest details, or join our mailing list and we will keep you posted.

Dec 5th, 2012, | 7:00 - 9:00pm:

Mother: Caring for 7 Billion:

Join members from the Institute for Population Studies (IPS) and The Sierra Club as we explore the complex relationships between population growth, social equity and climate change

The film, which has garnered over 20 international awards, follows a mother and child-rights activist as she discovers the complex social, economic, and environmental issues surrounding population growth and begins to question her own lifestyle and society.

World-renowned experts and scientists featured in the film include Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich, Global Footprint Network President Mathis Wackernagel, human reproductive health pioneer Malcolm Potts of UC Berkeley, and best-selling author and social scientist Riane Eisler.

Following the film, experts from and the Sierra Club will facilitate a discussion to explore the relationships between population growth, social equity, and climate change, as well as the nature of the cultural and political struggles needed to break our addiction to growth.

Cost: FREE

Location: Connie Barbour Room - Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1606 Milvia Street (Cedar and Milvia) 7:00-9:00pm

Info: 510-848-9062, | home

Jan 15th, 2013, | Check back for details:

Mother: Caring for 7 Billion:

Join the Institute for Population Studies (IPS), Generation Green and Sustainable Lafayette as we explore the complex relationships between population growth, social equity and climate change

This film, which has garnered over 20 international awards, follows a mother and child-rights activist as she discovers the complex social, economic, and environmental issues surrounding population growth and begins to question her own lifestyle and society.

World-renowned experts and scientists featured in the film include Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich, Global Footprint Network President Mathis Wackernagel, human reproductive health pioneer Malcolm Potts of UC Berkeley, and best-selling author and social scientist Riane Eisler.

Following the film, several experts will facilitate a discussion to explore the relationships between population growth, social equity, and climate change, as well as the nature of the cultural and political struggles needed to break our addiction to growth.

Cost: FREE

Location: Rheem Theater, Orinda Check back for details

Info: 510-848-9062, | home

Jan 31th, 2013, | Ecology Center, Berkeley:

Childless By Choice:

Join the Institute for Population Studies (IPS), the Sierra Club, and Laura Scott, Director of her new film, for a Bay Area premier screening and Q & A.

After six years of research and engagement, Laura Scott is considered to be one of the experts on the motives and decisions of the childless by choice, appearing on the Today Show and CNN. Scott has also been a popular guest on NPR radio shows.

She is author of "Two is Enough: A Couple's Guide to Living Childless by Choice (Seal Press, 2009) and founder of the Childless by Choice Project, a survey, book and documentary project designed to explore this emerging demographic in North America.


Location: Ecology Center, Berkeley 2530 San Pablo Ave (just south of Dwight Way)

Info: 510-848-9062, | home

March 8th, 2013, | Sierra Club, Berkeley:

International Women's Day, 2013:

The talks and discussions will focus on how and why empowering women is critical to the future of our Planet. We will focus on some programs that are effectively addressing women's health, population and the environment. Come help us celebrate!.


Location: Sierra Club, Berkeley 2530 San Pablo Ave (just south of Dwight Way)

Info: 510-848-9062, |

March 9th, 2013, | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia:

Population, Health and the Environment:

Population, health and environment (PHE) interventions in Ethiopia are a holistic, participatory development approach whereby issues of environment, health and population are addressed in an integrated manner for improved livelihoods and sustainable well-being of people and ecosystems.

Suzanne York will be visiting active sites and blogging about these programs which integrate three kinds of aid in order to effective face present problems and avoid causing worse ones in the future. Chech our blog,, for updates.

Info: 510-848-9062, |

March 28th, 2013, | David Brower Center, Berkeley:

Enough is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources:

With so many people and such growing levels of worldwide consumption, we can not continue to measure our success by "more growth". Rob Dietz will discuss ways to limit materials and energy flows to sustainable levels, achieve a fair distribution of wealth and income, secure meaningful jobs and full employment, stabilize population by compassionate non-coercive means, and much more.
Rob Dietz will discuss this great new book. Books will be available for sale and signing.


Location: Tamalpias Room, David Brower Center, Berkeley | 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA | 7:00 - 8:30pm

Info: 510-848-9062, |

April 11, 2013, | First Unitarian Church, Portland, OR:

India and the Tiger:

India is projected to be the world's most populous country by 2030, with a population of 1.5 billion people. Currently the World Bank estimates that well over 50% of the country still lives on less than $2 a day. The country is also home to the endangered Bengal tiger, a species that is close to being poached and encroached out of existence.

How can India and the world balance the rights of both humans - especially women - and nature? What can we do to create more sustainable communities and environment, for today and for future generations?

Suzanne York, a Senior Writer with the Institute for Population Studies in Berkeley, CA focuses on the interconnectednesss of population growth with women's empowerment, human rights, consumption, alternative measures of economic well-being and the environment.


Location: First Unitarian Church, | 1011 SW 12th Ave., Portland, OR| doors open at 6:30pm, program at 7:00pm

Presented by: The Sierra Club Columbia Group, and Wagging Tail Productions,

World Population Day - July 11, 2013:

Human Population and Species Preservation and SF Bay Chap. Sierra Club Population Comm. invite you to commemorate World Population Day with a free talk and slide presentation and Q&A:

CHRIS AUSTRIA, wildlife conservationist and animal trainer, will talk about Ethiopia's dwindling population of elephants and other endangered species, and the dangerous effects of population growth and local encroachment into protected areas. Chris is a Bay Area native who recently relocated to Ethiopia to work on conservation in Awash National Park.

Chris is joined by SUZANNE YORK of, just back from Ethiopia, where she observed inspiring, collaborative PHE (Population/Health/Environment) projects that are educating and training local communities in sustainable livelihoods.

When:    Thursday, July 11th  -  7:00 - 8:30 pm
Where:  Ed Roberts Campus (Osher Rm. BC)
              3075 Adeline St. - Berkeley (at Ashby BART station)
Cost:     FREE (including refreshments)


Info: 510-848-9062, |

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Classic News & Articles    [old Archive]

The Earth is Full June, 2011 - Thomas Friedman - The title says it all. Maybe now that Friedman has broken the ice, a few others can also say that the Emperor (of endless, thoughless growth) has no clothes! [original] [comments]

Ruling on Contraception Insurance
January 29, 2012 - Obama admin. finalizes ruling that insurance companies cover contraception without a broad religious exemption. Half of pregnancies in U.S. are unintended. [New York Times] [archive]

Resisting Dickensian Gloom by Tony Recsei. Forced high density policies don't reduce our carbon footprint or energy use. This is a very well researched article summarizing many studies. It was posted on a "smart growth" blog and many people have commented. Facinating reading. [article] [archive]

Smart Growth: The Worst Kind of Sprawl? Studies find that urban construction is no better for the environment than the suburban. People have pretty much the same global footprint either way. Transportation is a small part of it, and is offset by extra resources to build high rises. [article] [archive]

Tikopia: Living within Limits Feb, 2011 - The history of the Pacific island Tikopia shows that when humans are confronted with obvious limits to our resources, we are smart enough to constrain our population and enjoy comfortable, prosperous lives. [article] [archive]

Overpopulation at its worst? In the Congo's capital, parents only feed their children every other day. Demand U.S. contribute to U.N. contraceptive program! - Jan 10, 2012 [article] [comment]

Japan's economy stronger than USA's This is usually obfuscated by using total GDP to measure growth, but per-capita GDP is stronger in Japan. - Jan 3, 2012 [article] [comment]

Conjectures on Human Growth Limits, Jan 2004 - Ross McCluney's classic survey of ways to address the question of the best population size for our Planet. Hint: it depends on how we want to live... [archive]

300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds, Jan 2011 - Great(!) video on the history and effects of humanity's use of fossil fuels. As supplies dwindle relative to our population, what will we do? [short video]

The Critics Deconstructed Intersting article about the attacks against population activists, and the need for population awareness [article]

U.N.Predicts 10.1 billion people by 2100 May - This article corrects some common mis-perceptions about population. It is growing rapidly, but can be slowed by easy access to contraception, better education for women, and changing social norms. [article] [archive]

Mother: Caring our Way out of the Population Dilemma, Jan 2011 - The film follows Beth, an American mother who comes from a Catholic family of 12 and has adopted an African-born daughter as she travels to Ethiopia where she meets Zinet, the oldest daughter of a desperately poor family of 12. Zinet has found the courage to break free from thousand-year-old-cultural barriers, and their encounter will change Beth forever. [trailer] [archive]

The Moral Right to Set Limits, Dec - It seems right for us each to protect the positive qualities of our own region, the only place where we have even a modicum of the political ability to do so. But there is always a nagging question about that... [article]

Opposition to Power Line at Fjord Runs Deep, Nov 11 - A beautiful place. Why run a high-tension power line with 125 foot towers through the middle of it? Another toll of increasing population. [article] [archive]

Top 50 Birth Control Blogs. Sept 2010. Grouped by Educational, Methods, Population Issues, Reproductive Rights, Religious, Ethnic & Local issues. [article] [archive]

Nobody Ever Dies of Overpopulation, Garret Hardin
or do they? Much of the Pakistani land which flooded in 2010 is floodplain which was marshland that was only settled in the last 30 years... [article] [archive]

How many People can live on Planet Earth Sept, 2010
Sir David Attenborough asks this question in this fascinating video (YouTube).

The Last Taboo What unites the Vatican, lefties, conservatives, environmentalists and scientists in a conspiracy of silence? Read The Last Taboo by Julia Whitty in the June 2010 issue of Mother Jones: "Who's to Blame for the Population Crisis?"

Climate Change:
Calling Planet Birth

Family size is the great unmentionable in the campaign for more environmentally friendly lifestyles. Having 1 less child in the US would reduce carbon emissions 19 times more than all the E.P.A.'s recommended actions combined. - [article]

Drop in Birthrates in 2008 is Linked to Recession -Apr 2010
Population growth is not inevitable. When incentives favor postponing having children, many people do. [article]

Smart Growth? the smart alternative is No Growth
Although city planners are trained to call some patterns of growth 'smart', in many areas the only truely smart alternative is No Growth [article]

Parting the Waters - mid-East wars over Water Rights - March 31, 2010.
30 of the 37 Wars over Water in the past 60 years involve Israel and its neighbors. Fewer people living in these desert regions would leave more water per person. This should inform the population policies of all countries involved. [article]

A Pivotal Moment: Population, Justice & The Environmental Challenge
Dec 23,2009 This new book compiled by Laurie Mazur discusses environmental issues as they affect equality, justice and sustainability. Regarding the UN's low and high estimates for World population in 2050 "if we take seriously the twin imperatives of sustainablilty and equity, it becomes clear that it would be easier to provide a good life - at less environmental cost - for 8 rather than almost 11 billion people." [Press Release]

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