Negative Population Growth (NPG) is a national nonprofit membership organization founded in 1972 to educate the American public and political leaders about the detrimental effects of overpopulation on our environment, resources and quality of life. NPG advocates a smaller and truly sustainable United States population accomplished through smaller families and lower, more traditional immigration levels.
What is NPG? We are more than 25,000 Americans working to achieve long-term sustainability by gradually stabilizing our population size at around 150 to 200 million (our size 50 years ago, which scientists agree was optimal for our resources). Only with a much smaller population can we protect our fragile ecosystems, conserve our finite resources, and ensure that future generations will inherit a clean and healthy environment where all Americans can enjoy a quality standard of living.
Why Population Matters? The current world population is over 7 billion and increases at a rate of 77,280,910 people every year.
Since 1950, U.S. population has more than doubled - growing from 151 million to over 315 million today. Current projections indicate our population will reach 400 million by the year 2050, but that estimate is likely far too low.
More people means more pollution, more sprawl, less green space, and even more demands on the earth's already overburdened resources.
For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions.
The U.S. is already the third most populated country in the world. If present trends continue, we will add over 100 million people by the year 2050, when our population could exceed 400 million. This staggering growth is a problem that must be addressed now, for the sake of our environment, our quality of life, and future generations of Americans.
Any cause is a lost cause without a reduction in population. Please join us.