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.

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Population Update: Peak Resources?

On September 23rd, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced: “The number of new and reactivated coal mines that began production in 2013 fell to the lowest level in at least the past 10 years.” According to the EIA report, U.S. coal production was at its highest in 2008 – and there was a 14% […]

Join us on the Front Lines

Will you help? Right now, there are state governments wondering how they’re going to build new schools, hospitals, and critical infrastructure – their population has doubled in recent years, but they don’t bring in enough tax dollars to support the growth. Right now, there’s a local government wondering how they’re going to supply their residents […]


Human Misperceptions
Water comes from a faucet; food comes from a grocery store; electricity comes from a wall socket; light comes from flipping a switch; heat and air conditioning come from adjusting a thermostat; motor fuel comes from a gas station; cars and trucks come from factories; the myriad consumer[…]

NPG Forum Paper Links Population Growth to Worsening U.S. Water Shortages

View this release on PRWeb Click here for a downloadable, printable PDF version Alexandria, VA (September 29, 2015) – Following a September 2nd collision of two towboats near Columbus, Kentucky – which resulted in the spill of 120,000 gallons of oil into the Mississippi River, Negative Population Growth (NPG) will release a new Forum paper today […]

Deputy Director’s Corner

 Deputy Director’s Corner NPG Deputy Director Tracy Canada can be reached by email at As I review the headlines on all of the global media networks, I cannot help but see a disturbing trend.  I read story after story of the devastating social, economic, and environmental crises happening all over the world…  and they […]

Deputy Director’s Corner

  Deputy Director’s Corner NPG Deputy Director Tracy Canada can be reached by email at As I return to work today after the long Labor Day weekend, reality sets in – the holiday always marks the official end of summer in the U.S.    State and local governments are preparing for the onset of […]

Celebrating the Contributions of American Workers

Celebrating the Contributions of American Workers As Americans get ready for summer’s final holiday weekend, we at NPG are reminded of the original purpose for Labor Day. Every September, our nation dedicates a day of rest to celebrate “the social and economic achievements of American workers.” According to the U.S. Department of Labor, this holiday… […]