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.
A recent article in HuffPost Women discussed the increasing number of American women who are opting out of motherhood. Titled Childfree by Choice: How Women are Redefining Tomorrow’s Family, the piece took a pro-feminist position on the trend – as educational and employment opportunities for women improve, they are freer from the social expectation of maternity […]
NPG Releases Precepts of New Campaign: 10 Principles for a Responsible U.S. Population Policy
Sees pending executive action as dangerous threat to population restraint, releases new policy document.
Alexandria, VA (August 20, 2014) – After Congress recessed without an answer for America’s ongoing immigration crisis, President Obama promised on August 6th that he won’t be “standing around twiddling [his] thumbs.” [...]
1. Unrestricted Access to Family Planning Resources
All U.S. residents – regardless of income, citizenship status, or gender – must have reliable, affordable, and unrestricted access to family planning and educational materials, contraception, and reproductive health assistance. Priority funding must be allocated [...]
A Monthly Commentary on Population and Immigration Issues.
New NPG President’s Column Draws Link Between Toledo Water Ban and U.S. Population Growth Connects growing population to increasing climate change and agricultural runoff, serious threats to our nation’s water supply. Alexandria, VA (August 13, 2014) – After the Mayor of Toledo, OH rescinded the tap water ban affecting up to 400,000 residents, Negative Population Growth (NPG) […]
Residents of Toledo, OH breathed a sigh of relief in early August, as the Mayor lifted a tap water ban affecting up to 400,000 people. After state and federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials found high levels of the toxin “microcystin” in the water supply of certain neighborhoods, officials decided to ban tap water use […]
NPG Releases New Position PaperUrgently Needed Now: A National Policy to Reduce U.S. Population Sees Census Bureau projections as evidence for critical needto slow, halt, and eventually reverse U.S. population growth. View this release on PRWeb. Alexandria, VA (August 5, 2014) – With conservative Census Bureau projections estimating that our nation’s population will reach 420 million […]
Thirty four years have passed since, in 1980, NPG published a 62 page booklet that I had written titled, Urgently Needed Now: A National Policy to Reduce U.S. Population. In that small booklet I tried to explain why we at NPG believed that such a policy was urgently needed. [...]
NPG Releases New Forum Paper: Our Plundered Planet and a Future of Less Rejecting the prevailing faith in growth, expert Walter Youngquist comments on resource and population trends – and the precarious balance between them. View this release on PRWeb. Alexandria, VA (July 23, 2014) – As Americans prepare for another summer of road trips – and feel […]
Walter Younquist is a veteran observer and commentator on world and U.S. resource and population trends, and the precarious balance between them. A frequent contributor to NPG publications, Youngquist draws on lengthy professional experience as a petroleum geologist which has taken him to over 70 countries. His title here, A Future of Less, is characteristically […]