NPG is pleased to offer challenging contests as part of our mission to enlist a new generation of activists, who will be focused on calling attention to the dangers of population growth. We send our thanks to all of our members and friends who have so generously contributed – as well as our appreciation for the tens of thousands of students who have competed in our contests. It is your support and participation that make this critical program possible!
With America headed toward a population of approximately 400 million people by 2050 (up from the present 327 million), such huge numbers will surely intensify many of our country’s most critical environmental problems. Select ONE environmental issue from below, explain how it is made worse by population growth, and describe what measures you would recommend our nation’s leaders take to ensure we protect our fragile environment for generations to come.
- Air Pollution
- Availability of Clean Water
- Climate Change
- Destruction of Wildlife Habitat
- Detrimental Effects of Coal, Oil and Natural Gas Extractions
- Loss of American Farmland
- Protection of Wetlands
- Shrinking of Parks and Green Spaces
- Urban Sprawl
Click on each name to read their winning essay.
University of Florida
|Denison University |
|$750||Abigail Snellgrove||University of South Carolina |
|$750||Susan Leigh Thomassie||Loyola University of New Orleans|
New Orleans, LA
|$750||Clarke Williams||Howard University |
Washington , DC
|$750||Morgan Zenon||Lakeland University |
World population, now over 7.3 billion, is predicted to rise to 9 billion by 2050, an increase of almost two billion, or 23%, in the short space of only 34 years from now.In the highly unlikely event that per capita greenhouse gas emissions could possibly be decreased by an equal percentage in such a short space of time (a blink of an eye) the total amount of worldwide emission would remain the same!
From this simple illustration it would appear that without drastically reducing the size of world population, there is no solution to the problem.None at all.So then why do our world leaders pretend that there is one?What is to be gained by pretending rather than by proposing a solution that would solve the problem – a reduction in the size of world population to not more than 1- 2 billion?
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