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.
July 10, 2013

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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Perpetual Population Growth is the Aim of Washington’s Immigration Policy, Says NPG Head Don Mann

Alexandria, VA (March 13, 2014) – NPG President Don Mann, in his March 2014 President’s Column, states that the current drive in Congress and the White House to double immigration grows out of the widely held but misguided conviction that immigration-fed population growth ensures economic growth. Mann rejects the warning of the President’s Council of […]

New NPG Paper Foresees Rising Scarcity and Costs of Non-Renewable Natural Resources

Alexandria, VA (March 10, 2014) – For more than two centuries, the United States and the rest of the industrialized world have taken for granted the abundance and affordability of the high quality non-renewable natural resources (NNRs) – minerals, metals, and fossil fuels – vital to maintaining and expanding their high-consumption industrial societies. These were […]

NPG 2014 Essay Scholarship Contest

Essay Scholarship Contest Rules
Six Awards from $2,500 to $1,000!
Entries must be received by April 23, 2014. Winners will be announced online at by July 11, 2014. 
NPG, a national membership organization devoted to population issues, invites students to compete in our Annual Essay Scholarship Contest. […]

Ecological Economist Brian Czech’s Supply Shock: A Persuasive Road Map to a Steady-State Economy

Looking back on 2013, my pick for the most useful and incisive book on our lethal addiction to economic growth and the alternative of a steady-state economy is Brian Czech’s Supply Shock: Economic Growth at the Cross Roads and the Steady-State solution (New Society Publishers, 2013, 389 pages). If you are among the millions of […]