NPG is Pleased to Announce the Winners of Our 2014 Essay Scholarship Contest

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We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2014 NPG Essay Scholarship.

2014 Topic:

Explain why the average American citizen – particularly our youngest generation – should become active in the cause to slow, halt, and eventually reverse U.S. population growth.

Click on each name to read their winning essay!

AwardWinner NameSchool
$1,000Pierce Brooks Wesley College
Dover, DE
$1,000
Winner of the Richard C. Smith NPG Essay Scholarship
Ian T. GreyEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Prescott, AZ
$1,000
Winner of the Foundation for Human Conservation NPG Essay Scholarship
Hartland McDonaldFlorida State University
Tallahassee, FL
$1,000Gregory RossUniversity of Chicago
Chicago, IL
$1,000Gemma ZahradkaUniversity of Wisconsin - La Crosse
La Crosse, WI

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We Need a Smaller Population.
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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