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.

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NPG Releases New Photo Scholarship Calendar

Featuring winning images from NPG’s annual Scholarship Contest, the calendar depicts environmental treasures threatened by U.S. population growth.
In keeping with its 10 Principles for a Responsible U.S. Population Policy, Negative Population Growth (NPG) continues to engage America’s young people in the fight for their future.  High school seniors and undergraduate students nationwide [...]

NPG Releases New Forum Paper: More Nonsense on Inexhaustible Resources from The Wall Street Journal

Rejecting recent claims that the world’s resources are infinite, ecologist Leon Kolankiewicz targets population growth and resulting resource exhaustion.
In response to a disturbing essay recently published in The Wall Street Journal, Negative Population Growth (NPG) will release a new Forum paper on November 4th.  Highlighting [...]

NPG Releases 15-Month Calendar of 2014 Photography Scholarship Contest Winners

NPG has released a full-size, 15-month calendar available now! A compilation of the winning submissions to our 2014 Photography Scholarship Contest, this full-color calendar is a beautiful display of the raw talent within America’s next generation of leaders. Each year, NPG offers our Scholarship Contests to high school seniors and undergraduate college students across the […]

U.S. Immigration and the Limits of Supporting Earth Resources

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 […]


  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 […]

NPG Denounces President’s Determination to Dictate New Immigration Policy

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 […]