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.
Following BBC’s recent publication of a Hans Rosling article and television presentation on population, NPG has drafted an official response to BBC. Rosling presents misleading data points and ignores the root of our world’s population growth problems, offering no solution whatsoever on how to solve the problem of overpopulation. NPG encourages our members and supporters […]
By Tracy Canada (Deputy Director, NPG) The Washington Post recently reported that the Obama administration has approved a new proposal for natural gas exports, this time off the coast of Maryland. The recent advent of “fracking” as a drilling method has resulted in a dramatic increase in requests to explore, drill, and push for domestic production. […]
An NPG Footnoteby David Simcox Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s Liberal-National coalition took power in Australia in September 2013, after winning a convincing election victory over the ruling Labor Party. Labor’s acquiescence in the country’s rapid population growth (which averaged 1.8 percent annually in the period from 2006 to 2011, peaking at 2.2 percent in 2008) […]
Alexandria, VA – There is a limit to how fast and how far the American economy can grow – and we’re approaching it soon. That’s the message Negative Population Growth’s president, Donald Mann, has posted on the organization’s website, www.NPG.org. Mann, who has headed up NPG since its founding in 1972, is advocating that the […]
The NPG Journal: Vol. 6, No. 9 – 10/21/13 A Monthly Commentary on Population and Immigration Issues Presented by Negative Population Growth, Inc. COMMENTARY by NPG President Donald Mann When Professor Albert Bartlett died last month, our nation and world lost a great advocate for sustainability and population reduction – and NPG lost a very good friend. While […]
Alexandria, VA – An analysis by Negative Population Growth (NPG) of California’s new immigration laws finds that they will increase population growth, both nationally and in California. Enacted in October, the laws further shield illegal aliens from federal enforcement and grant them added incentives to remain – and for others to come. NPG President Don […]
NPG is pleased to recommend Breaking New Ground: A Personal History, the autobiography of global environmental activist Lester Brown. Praised by the Washington Post as “one of the world’s most influential thinkers,” he is the winner of multiple honorary awards and has published several works on the global environmental movement. Brown’s efforts – including his […]
(that is to say an exceptional occurrence) It is apparently extremely difficult for the general public, as well as for our decision makers and opinion leaders, to grasp (or wrap their heads around as the saying goes these days) the idea that economic growth cannot be expected to continue much longer, and thus cannot continue […]
With the death in early September of Professor Al Bartlett at age 90, NPG – along with all others fighting for population limits that ensure a sustainable environment and lasting resource base for the future – has lost an irreplaceable friend and ally. Early in his career as a physicist, Al was present for the […]
Originally published in 1998, NPG has revised and republished Overpopulation and Overconsumption: Where Should We Focus? by Michael G. Hanauer. This paper offers a strong argument for U.S. population reduction, which still rings true today.