NPG is Pleased to Announce the Winners of Our 2014 Essay Scholarship Contest


We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2014 NPG Essay Scholarship.

2014 Topic:

Explain why the average American citizen – particularly our youngest generation – should become active in the cause to slow, halt, and eventually reverse U.S. population growth.

Click on each name to read their winning essay!

AwardWinner NameSchool
$1,000Pierce Brooks Wesley College
Dover, DE
Winner of the Richard C. Smith NPG Essay Scholarship
Ian T. GreyEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Prescott, AZ
Winner of the Foundation for Human Conservation NPG Essay Scholarship
Hartland McDonaldFlorida State University
Tallahassee, FL
$1,000Gregory RossUniversity of Chicago
Chicago, IL
$1,000Gemma ZahradkaUniversity of Wisconsin - La Crosse
La Crosse, WI



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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