In this first video of the new series, NPG analyzes the sources of U.S. population growth. We break down the complex topic into bite-sized pieces, so that the average American can gain a better understanding of our nation’s growth. The film asks important questions for the viewer to consider – topics often dismissed or misunderstood by many Americans:
- Why should we care about less than 1% a year of population growth?
- Aren’t U.S. fertility rates low?
- How does immigration fit into U.S. population growth?
As each question is asked, the film supplies viewers with real facts – including the latest statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, demonstrating the true scope of America’s population size and growth. We demonstrate to viewers that – even at less than 1% a year – our growth adds up to over 2.25 million people per year. That even our “low” fertility rates resulted in nearly 4 million babies last year – an average of one birth every 7 seconds.
And we are gaining one international migrant every 32 seconds. The video concludes with a question that NPG has long posed to the American public, policy makers, and the national media:
“Why ISN’T America talking about population growth?”
Since 1972, NPG has worked to distribute the real facts about U.S. population growth – and its consequences to our environment, economy, natural resources, and quality of life – to Americans from coast to coast.
We will continue our work to raise public awareness – we must ACT NOW to slow, halt, and eventually reverse U.S. population growth!
We recognize that our impact on the environment, in terms of pollution and resource depletion, is the product of our numbers times our per capita consumption of energy and materials.Thus, there are only three ways by which that impact can be reduced:
• By reducing the size of our population by a negative rate of population growth.
• By reducing overconsumption by simplifying lifestyles.
• By reducing resource depletion and pollution per unit of consumption through more efficient use of energy and materials.
Population size is by far the most critical of those three variables.Nevertheless, our present scale of economic activity is so large relative to the biosphere that all three measures are needed in order to reduce it to a sustainable level.
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