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Overpopulation Think Tank – Part 2

Overpopulation Think Tank – Part 2

Are many vegans self-righteous, overbearing and insufferable in their efforts to recruit us? Would you believe “overpopulation” is still a taboo word? Or that human population numbers are still an “off-limits” topic at some conferences?

Dave Gardner, Nandita Bajaj, Sarah Bexel and Paul Sutton in studioThis episode continues the conversation we began in episode 79 with five smart people:

  • Nandita Bajaj, executive director of Population Balance
  • Sarah Bexell, director of humane education at the Institute for Human Animal Connection at University of Denver
  • Paul Sutton, professor of geography & the environment at DU
  • Stephanie Gardner, co-host of the GrowthBusters podcast
  • Dave Gardner, co-host of the GrowthBusters podcast


Population Denialism is Reminiscent of Climate Denialism – by Kirsten Stade

Pronatalism & Overpopulation: The Personal, Cultural, and Global Implications of Having a Child (Course at Antioch University taught by Nandita Bajaj)

Backpedalling on Overpopulation – by Rory Cockshaw

Trains, Plants and Condoms: How to Save the Planet in 3 Simple Steps – by Rory Cockshaw

Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World – by Anand Giridharadas

The Big Myth: How American Business Taught Us to Loathe Government and Love the Free Market – by Dr. Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway

How Free-Market Fundamentalism Fuels Overpopulation Denialism & Undermines Democracy – Episode of The Overpopulation Podcast

President Condemns ‘Obsession’ With Economic Growth Irish President Michael D Higgins speaks out against growth

Welcome To MAGA World: Trump Wants ‘Freedom Cities’ Where Cars Can Fly, Parents Get ‘BONUSES’ for Having Babies and Huge Monuments are Built to ‘True American Heroes’ in ‘Quantum Leap’ Vision for the Future

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On the GrowthBusters podcast, we come to terms with the limits to growth, explore the joy of sustainable living, and provide a recovery program from our society’s growth addiction (economic/consumption and population). This podcast is part of the GrowthBusters project to raise awareness of overshoot and end our culture’s obsession with, and pursuit of, growth.

Dave Gardner directed the documentary GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth, which Stanford Biologist Paul Ehrlich declared “could be the most important film ever made.” Co-host Stephanie Gardner has degrees in Environmental Studies and Environmental Law & Policy.

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    John McVicker


    Dave Gardner for President – not in this climate, but absolutely should be talking-points of our current “leaders”. Leaders running on a conservation platform will get laughed out of every room in the nation. “let’s cut back” – that’s like saying “no funnel cake will be served at the county fair”. Population needs to constantly hear about job growth, economic growth, all the rest. Imagine actually hearing someone on a public platform wanting to find ways to cut back.

    (on also – Dave, you run your mic quite hot on these podcasts and your sibilance of Ss are strong)


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