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.
The problem of immigration and supply of supporting Earth resources can be expressed simply in the fact that more people use more resources. The physical standard of living is a function of how many resources each individual can command either directly or indirectly. Appointed by the President of the United States to consider the matter of optimum size of U.S. population, the […]
A Monthly Commentary on Population and Immigration Issues.
NPG REPRINT Adversaries, naturally, tend to regard each other as not just wrong, but morally wrong. Those of us in the population movement tend to see the selfish motives in those who would encourage more immigration — and more population growth — to compete with our own workers and overtax our resources and environment. […]
NPG REPRINT NPG has published over 140 NPG FORUM and NPG FOOTNOTE papers over the past 27 years. Most of them are fading from memory because they were topical or simply because of the mass of writing that assaults us all. Some of those papers, however, addressed concerns that are still very much with […]
We originally published this NPG Position Paper in 1999. We have published it again because we believe that the problems it addresses are still very much with us, and that our recommended solutions are as pertinent now as they were then. Executive Summary Since NPG was founded over a quarter century ago it has argued […]
We originally published this NPG Position Paper in 2002. We have published it again because we believe that the problems it addresses are still very much with us, and that our recommended solutions are as pertinent now as they were then. Executive Summary Economic growth in a finite world, which is the only world […]
NPG Denounces President’s Determination to Dictate New Immigration Policy Sees looming executive action in November as threat to stimulate U.S. population growth. Alexandria, VA (September 16, 2014) – Reacting to President Obama’s September 6th announcement to delay further executive action on immigration reform until after the November elections, Negative Population Growth (NPG) President Don Mann […]
A recent article in HuffPost Women discussed the increasing number of American women who are opting out of motherhood. Titled Childfree by Choice: How Women are Redefining Tomorrow’s Family, the piece took a pro-feminist position on the trend – as educational and employment opportunities for women improve, they are freer from the social expectation of maternity […]
NPG Releases Precepts of New Campaign: 10 Principles for a Responsible U.S. Population Policy
Sees pending executive action as dangerous threat to population restraint, releases new policy document.
Alexandria, VA (August 20, 2014) – After Congress recessed without an answer for America’s ongoing immigration crisis, President Obama promised on August 6th that he won’t be “standing around twiddling [his] thumbs.” [...]
1. Unrestricted Access to Family Planning Resources
All U.S. residents – regardless of income, citizenship status, or gender – must have reliable, affordable, and unrestricted access to family planning and educational materials, contraception, and reproductive health assistance. Priority funding must be allocated [...]