Free Webinar: “Population Taboo” Banished
Ten years ago I described for a freelance journalist my fledgling documentary project, GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth. Her advice? “Just don’t get into population. That’s deadly.” Well, I didn’t listen, and for the next several years I beat my head against a wall. Overpopulation has been denied, avoided and even villified as a problem to be solved. My documentary premiered two days after world population passed the 7 billion milestone in 2011, but it was ignored by the media. Numerous screening and speaking opportunities have been considered, and rejected, because of the excess baggage associated.
Recent events, however, indicate that it’s becoming “okay” to address the subject. Chief among these, in my view, is a recent NPR (U.S. public radio) story headlined, Should We be Having Kids in the Age of Climate Change? That question, and the people highlighted in the story, were featured in reports by The Independent, Huffington Post, Science World Report, Bloomberg, the Washington Times, and numerous others. There are other examples, but in truth they still aren’t as commonplace as I’d like to see.
As I recall, nearly every commercial break during presidential debate #2 on the network I was watching began with the word, “overpopulation” as a TV trailer for Dan Brown’s Inferno ran. Network censors didn’t have their way with that. Still, the GrowthBusters documentary and my activity as a growthbuster have not been reported widely in the mainstream media. My best media exposure has been a guest spot on Coast to Coast AM, a guest spot on Al Jazeera English’s Inside Story, and this roasting by the Christian Broadcasting Network:
One week from today I invite you to join me and two other brave heroes of the sustainable population movement for an important discussion. In a free webinar October 26 (27 October in some parts of the world) we’ll consider what the fade-out of the “population taboo” means for the movement.
Overpopulation: The New Conversation?
Population growth and overpopulation are back in the public conversation.
Is this an opportunity to put us on track toward a sustainable human population?
Two authors and a filmmaker/media analyst share their observations and experiences, and discuss the changing landscape of public dialog about the role of population in the sustainability equation.
Wednesday, October 26 9 pm U.S. Eastern Daylight Time
Register Here for This Free Webinar
Countdown (Little, Brown and Co., 2013) Alan Weisman traveled to more than 20 countries to ask what experts agreed were probably the most important questions on Earth – and also the hardest: How many humans can the planet hold without capsizing? How robust must the Earth’s ecosystem be to assure our continued existence? Can we know which other species are essential to our survival? And, how might we actually arrive at a stable, optimum population, and design an economy to allow genuine prosperity without endless growth? Countdown was awarded the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the 2013 Paris Book Festival Prize for nonfiction, the 2014 Nautilus Gold Book Award, and the Population Institute’s 2014 Global Media Award for best book. Alan Weisman has written for Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Orion, Mother Jones, Audubon and Discover. Weisman’s radio reports have been heard on NPR, Public Radio International and American Public Media.
Patriarch Run (Conundrum Press, 2016) is the new literary thriller recounting a gripping race against the clock, with the fate of our overpopulated human civilization hanging in the balance. Dancer is a student advisor at a Colorado high school, writes about parenting and education, and works for the Colorado EMP Task Force On National and Homeland Security.
The film GrowthBusters (Citizen-Powered Media, 2011) examines our culture’s worship of everlasting growth, even in the face of overwhelming evidence that we’ve hit the limits. In his 40-year career, Dave produced and directed a PBS series and numerous films for over a dozen Fortune 500 companies, including Coca-Cola, IBM, and even Enron. Gardner’s non-profit GrowthBusters initiative continues to seek the cure for “growth addiction.” Dave writes analysis of pro-growth bias in the media at www.growthbiasbusted.org. He blogs at www.growthbusters.org. He also hosts the Paving Paradise podcast, The Overpopulation Podcast, and the Conversation Earth radio series and podcast.
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