NPG is Pleased to Announce the Winners of Our 2017 Photo Scholarship Contest

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!

This year’s challenge was:

President Donald Trump and the more than 50 new Members of the 115th Congress should learn about the critical issue of population growth. Students should submit an original photo showing how the U.S. environment is being damaged by population growth. With your photo, include your own 40-50 word description of why an official population policy will help to slow, halt, and eventually reverse our nation’s population growth – and protect environmental treasures in the U.S. Your submission may be used to create an NPG advertisement.

First Place

$1,500 Award

Mikayla Seaman – University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO

I live in one of the fastest growing counties and honestly, I despise it. I watch beautiful, enormous trees fall to the ground and new structures go up in their place. I liked it better when it was just me, the trees, and the natural world around us.


$1,000 Award

Jacob Pettis – California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA

The once beautiful hiking trail in La Canada has been overgrown and ruined by the many power lines and electrical towers. This industrialization has made the hiking trail seem depressing. Due to the overpopulation of our civilization, we have inadvertently taken away the beauty of nature.

Honorable Mention

$500 Award

Lucas Ensign – University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN

Urban development here in the Red River Valley is diminishing our ability to grow food for a hungry, ever increasing population. This farm sits on some of the richest soil in the world. If we are going to go forward intelligently and diligently, we must consider the resources essential to survive.


There is no remedy that can possibly avert disastrous Climate Change and Global Warming unless we first address the problem of world population size and growth, and its impact on the size of the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.That means that we need to address the population size and growth of each nation, which together make up the world total.

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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