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:
Create a Written Advertisement appropriate for a magazine or newspaper. Your ad should persuade the general public to support programs that are designed to slow, halt, and eventually reverse U.S. population growth. The key issue to be addressed in your ad is U.S. population size and growth, which may include topics such as fertility and immigration rates – the two factors which most influence our nation’s overall population numbers. You may also address the negative consequences of U.S. overpopulation, such as: environmental damage, natural resource depletion, deterioration of infrastructure, economic strain, etc.
Click on each name to view the text of the winning ad.
North Carolina State University
University of Miami
|$1,000||Joseph Ayers||Boise State University |
|NPG’s Edith E. May Memorial Scholarship|
|Matthew Janz||Nevada State College |
|$1,000||Madison Purdy||University of Colorado |
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?