Negative Population Growth, Inc. (NPG) is a national nonprofit membership organization. It was founded in 1972 to educate the American public and political leaders about the devastating effects of overpopulation on our environment, resources and standard of living. We believe that our nation is already vastly overpopulated in terms of the long-range carrying capacity of its resources and environment.
We urgently need, therefore, a National Population Policy with the goal of eventually stabilizing our population at a sustainable level, far below today's. after an interim period of negative growth.
Most politicians, big business and its supporting economists call for growth as a solution to all our problems. Apparently, they believe in perpetual growth, which is a mathematical absurdity on a finite planet. There must be limits. Science is demonstrating that human population and consumption in the United States and the world are already too large and are destroying the natural systems that support us. We must not simply stop population growth; we must turn it around.
Since 1972, NPG has been making that case. We do not simply identify the problems, we propose solutions.
A New Series: We are introducing a new series of articles under the title The President's Column. As they appear the articles will be listed chronologically in this section "News and Commentary".
An Introduction to the President’s Column
by Don Mann, President, NPG, Inc.
Since NPG was founded over 40 years ago I have been convinced that NPG at bottom is an economic theory: namely, that our goal should be to maximize per capita income and wealth for all, in a way that would be sustainable for the very long term, and that the only way to achieve that goal is by a negative rate of population growth until our economy has been reduced to a sustainable size.
For over 50 years, expert Dr. Albert Bartlett’s work connected environmental decline and overpopulation.
Following the January 1st launch of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Negative Population Growth (NPG) will release a new Forum paper today. The piece includes analysis of today’s commonly used term “sustainability,” finding:[…]
Reflections on Sustainability, Population Growth, and the Environment A Note from NPG With the death in early September 2013 of Professor Al Bartlett at age 90, NPG – along with all others fighting for population limits that ensure a sustainable environment and lasting resource base for the future – lost an irreplaceable friend and ally. […]
Photography Scholarship Contest Rules Multiple Prizes from $500 to $1,500! NPG, a national membership organization devoted to population issues, invites students to compete in our Photography Scholarship Contest. Without critical changes, U.S. population is projected to reach 400 million people by mid-century. Submit your photo of a threatened U.S. environmental treasure that you believe is worth […]
NPG 2016 Written Advertisement Scholarship Contest Multiple Awards from $1,000 to $2,000! NPG, a national membership organization devoted to population issues, invites students to compete in our Written Advertisement Scholarship Contest. Create a Written Advertisement appropriate for a magazine or newspaper. Ads must be at least 100 words but not more than 200 words. Your […]
There is little question that the debate over America’s future immigration policies will continue to take center stage in 2016. Our country’s leaders are being called on to make known exactly how they are going to address and resolve this nation-changing issue. Sadly, too many of them are unwilling to stand against pro-growth and special […]
There is Still Time NPG Booknote Peter Seidel, a longtime advocate of population reduction and friend and supporter of NPG, has released a new book: There is Still Time (360 Editions; Cincinnati, Ohio, 2015 – available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble). This short book asks and answers critical questions for all of us concerned […]