NPG is Pleased to Announce the Winners of Our 2016 Written Advertisement 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:

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.

AwardWinner NameSchool


Dustin Soutendijk

North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC


Samantha Burkhart

University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL

$1,000Joseph AyersBoise State University
Boise, ID
NPG’s Edith E. May Memorial Scholarship
Matthew JanzNevada State College
Henderson, NV
$1,000Madison PurdyUniversity of Colorado
Boulder, CO


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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