NPG is Pleased to Announce the Winners of Our 2015 Essay 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!

2015 Topic:

Should the United States’ government pursue population policies to protect our quality of life for future generations?

Click on each name to read their winning essay.

AwardWinner NameSchool


Calvin Wilder

University of Chicago
Chicago, IL


Davis Negrete

California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA

$1,000Megan BeachNorthwestern University
Evanston, IL
$1,000Kara LeonardSouth Piedmont Community College
Monroe, NC
$1,000Hartland McDonaldFlorida State University
Tallahassee, FL
$1,000Raegan MelfeCalifornia Baptist University
Riverside, CA
$1,000Zachery WaitrovichUniversity of Wisconsin
Madison, WI
$1,000James WangUniversity of Connecticut
Storrs, CT

Click here for previous years’ Essay Scholarship winners.


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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