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We make the connections between overpopulation and the many vexing issues of the day. We also promote voluntarily choosing smaller families to achieve a sustainable population and create a more resilient future. Overpopulation is the main driver of resource depletion, dire poverty, climate change, and species extinction. The good news: overpopulation is solvable humanely through dramatically reducing birthrates. Join host Dave Gardner and the World Population Balance staff, along with occasional guest experts as we shine a little light on this often misunderstood subject.

The Overpopulation Podcast World Population Balance

    • Philosophy
    • 4.9, 30 Ratings

We make the connections between overpopulation and the many vexing issues of the day. We also promote voluntarily choosing smaller families to achieve a sustainable population and create a more resilient future. Overpopulation is the main driver of resource depletion, dire poverty, climate change, and species extinction. The good news: overpopulation is solvable humanely through dramatically reducing birthrates. Join host Dave Gardner and the World Population Balance staff, along with occasional guest experts as we shine a little light on this often misunderstood subject.

    44 World OVERpopulation Day

    44 World OVERpopulation Day

    World Population Day is July 11, but The Overpopulation Podcast team is renaming it World OVERpopulation Day, and we’ve taken over the website worldpopulationday.org to do it. In this episode, we lament how the United Nations avoids the subject of overpopulation in its World Population Day messaging.

    We also discuss the sensitivity around the overpopulation issue that leads to discomfort with raising the issue, let alone fully discussing it, and the history and fears we believe are behind the often-false accusations of racism. The modern sustainable population movement rejects racism. It’s not on the agenda here, but we must be sensitive to mistakes of the past.
     
    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
    World OVERpopulation Day Website (worldpopulationday.org)
    United Nations World Population Day info
    Let’s Not Return to Dark Ages of Ignoring Overpopulation (at Medium)
    Let’s Not Return to Dark Ages of Ignoring Overpopulation (at worldpopulationbalance.org)
    How to contact your ambassador to the United Nations:
    Blue Book of contact info for all permanent missions to the U.N.
    List of UN Representatives
    One Planet, One Child Billboard Campaign
    The Overpopulation Podcast is produced by World Population Balance, a non-profit organization committed to alerting and educating that overpopulation is the root cause of resource depletion, species extinction, poverty, and climate change. Our mission is to chart a path for human civilization that – rather than causing greater misery – enables good lives on a healthy planet. We advocate and support a smaller, truly sustainable human population – through dramatic and voluntary reduction in birth rates. 
    We envision a world where no one suffers in dire poverty and misery for lack of enough food, water, and other basic needs. We see a world where all species thrive and where lower consumption and population are in balance with Earth’s finite resources.
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    • 38 min
    43 Planet of the Humans Slandered by Attempts at Overpopulation Shaming

    43 Planet of the Humans Slandered by Attempts at Overpopulation Shaming

    Overpopulation shaming has raised its ugly head to new heights with unfounded and misleading critiques of the documentary, Planet of the Humans. We thoroughly debunk the defamation in this episode, especially the deceitful and ugly attacks by UK Guardian columnist George Monbiot and filmmaker Josh Fox. We also continue the discussion of what Planet of the Humans got right.
    The controversial film, executive produced by Michael Moore, has been pummeled by some renewable energy enthusiasts as unfairly and inaccurately targeting renewables and as being “racist” for bringing up human overpopulation. World Population Balance co-hosted two webinar panel discussions of the film, and now the World Population Balance staff convenes for this third, and final (for now), conversation.
    LINKS:
    Episode of Useful Idiots with Michael Moore as guest
    See Planet of the Humans here
    Fact check section of the Planet of the Humans website
    Webinars about Planet of the Humans co-hosted by World Population Balance:
    Planet of the Humans: a Sequel (Webinar Part 1)
    Video Version
    Podcast Version
    Planet of the Humans Webinar Part 2
    Video Version
    Podcast Version
    2 Essays by Dave Gardner mentioned in this episode:
    Dear George Monbiot, Shaming Sustainable Population Advocacy Must Stop
    A retraction from Josh Fox, George Monbiot and others is warranted
    What Does Planet of the Humans REALLY Say About Population?
    Detractors are intentionally offering misleading accounts. Let’s set the record straight.
    A third, related essay, published since this episode was recorded:
    Let’s Not Return to Dark Ages of Ignoring Overpopulation
    US Births Fall, and Virus Could Drive Them Down More
    Rex Weyler On The Double Bind Of The Pandemic - Rewilding podcast Episode 48
    Planet of the Censoring Humans – by Matt Taibbi
    The Overpopulation Podcast is produced by World Population Balance, a non-profit organization committed to alerting and educating that overpopulation is the root cause of resource depletion, species extinction, poverty, and climate change. Our mission is to chart a path for human civilization that – rather than causing greater misery – enables good lives on a healthy planet. We advocate and support a smaller, truly sustainable human population – through dramatic and voluntary reduction in birth rates. 
    We envision a world where no one suffers in dire poverty and misery for lack of enough food, water, and other basic needs. We see a world where all species thrive and where lower consumption and population are in balance with Earth’s finite resources.
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    • 59 min
    42 Planet of the Humans: Solving the Problem

    42 Planet of the Humans: Solving the Problem

    What should we do in response to the key messages of the 2020 documentary, Planet of the Humans? This is a continuation of the discussion begun in part one of the webinar, Planet of the Humans: a Sequel. In part 2, our panel identifies, considers and recommends actions we can take now – to avoid terminating or greatly harming human civilization. Both parts of the webinar addressed the roles of overpopulation, overconsumption and economic growth in the most serious environmental crises we face.
    The webinar was co-hosted by GrowthBusters and World Population Balance.
    NOTE: We mention in this episode that the film, Planet of the Humans, had been pulled down by YouTube over a claim of copyright infringement. As we post this episode the film has been reposted to YouTube. If you've not seen the film, find the latest working link at the film's website.
    Panelists:
    Kristine Mattis: An interdisciplinary environmental scholar with a background in Biology and Earth System Science, Kristine has worked as a medical researcher, a science reporter for the congressional record in the U.S. House of Representatives, and a science teacher. She holds a PhD in Environment and Resources. Her writing encompasses issues of social and environmental justice, public health, risk, and science.
    Brian Czech: Executive director of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE). With a Ph.D. in renewable natural resources, his specialties intersect ecological economics, conservation biology, and public policy. The author of several books, Czech recently edited Best of The Daly News: Selected Essays from the Leading Blog in Steady State Economics.
    Dave Gardner: Co-host of the GrowthBusters podcast about sustainable living; co-host of The Overpopulation Podcast; director of the documentary GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth; host of the syndicated radio series, Conversation Earth; and executive director of World Population Balance.
    Erika Arias: Co-host of the GrowthBusters podcast about sustainable living; co-host of The Overpopulation Podcast; Programs & Engagement Coordinator for World Population Balance, and a childfree researcher and advocate,
    LINKS
    VIDEO:
    Planet of the Humans: a Sequel (webinar part one)
    Planet of the Humans Webinar Part 2

    BOOKS:
    Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered - by E.F. Schumacher 
    Enough Is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources - by Rob Dietz and Dan O'Neill 
    Shoveling Fuel for a Runaway Train: Errant Economists, Shameful Spenders, and a Plan to Stop Them All - by Brian Czech 
    Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth - by Juliet Schor 
    B******t Jobs: A Theory - by David Graeber 
     
    PODCASTS:
    The Overpopulation Podcast 
    GrowthBusters podcast about sustainable living 
     
    PAPERS & ESSAYS:
    Works by Kristine Mattis 
    Degrowth A Vocabulary for a New Era (2014) 
    Nobody Takes the Renewable Energy Transition Seriously - by Richard Heinberg 
    Beyond Green Growth - by Dan O’Neill 
    Wake Up Call on the Environment: A Student Manifesto 
    Exiting the fast Lane: Job Sharing is One Route to Discovering the Personal and Environmental Benefits of Working Less.
    How to Make a Job Sharing Situation Work 
    Planning for Post-Corona: A Manifesto for the Netherlands 
    Crossroads for Planet of the Humans – by William Rees 
     
    PEOPLE & ORGANIZATIONS:
    World Population Balance
    GrowthBusters
    Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy
    Herman Daly 
    Transition Network
    Transition U.S.
    Common Future (formerly Business Alliance of Local Living Economies) 
    Wellbeing Economy Alliance
    Doughnut Economics Action Lab
    Take Back Your Time
    The Simplicity Collective
    The Overpopulation Podcast is produced by World Population Balance, a non-profit organization committed to alerting and educating that overpopulation is the root cau

    • 1 hr 35 min
    41 No Escape from Planet of the Humans’ Inconvenient Truths

    41 No Escape from Planet of the Humans’ Inconvenient Truths

    Some environmentalists don’t want you to see Planet of the Humans, the new documentary executive produced by Michael Moore, which raises important questions about what we’re being told by renewable energy advocates. The film’s producer/director and narrator, at one point tells the audience:
    “It was becoming clear that what we had been calling green, renewable energy, and industrial civilization are one and the same – desperate measures not to save the planet, but to save our way of life.”
    Some have accused the filmmakers of racism simply because the film raises the issue of overpopulation. This interview sound bite from respected Post Carbon Institute fellow Richard Heinberg is typical of the film’s messaging about overshoot and overpopulation:
    “There are too many human beings, using too much, too fast.”
    There’s nothing racist about that statement, but many wanting to defend renewable energy have gone way over the top in their efforts to discredit the film. Planet of the Humans makes some very important points, which were in danger of getting lost in the controversy, so we put together a webinar to explore what value can be taken from the film.
    You can view the entire webinar on the World Population Balance YouTube channel (see links below). Or, you can listen to it in this episode of The Overpopulation Podcast as you work, commute, exercise or cook dinner.

    The panelists will be continuing the conversation begun at this webinar, which we’ll share as the next episode of The Overpopulation Podcast. Subscribe so you don’t miss it.
    The Panel:
    Kristine Mattis
    An interdisciplinary environmental scholar with a background in Biology and Earth System Science, Kristine has worked as a medical researcher, a science reporter for the congressional record in the U.S. House of Representatives, and a science teacher. She holds a PhD in Environment and Resources. Her writing encompasses issues of social and environmental justice, public health, risk, and science.
    Brian Czech
    Executive director of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE). With a Ph.D. in renewable natural resources, his specialties intersect ecological economics, conservation biology, and public policy. The author of several books, Czech recently edited Best of The Daly News: Selected Essays from the Leading Blog in Steady State Economics.
    Dave Gardner
    Co-host of the GrowthBusters podcast about sustainable living; co-host of The Overpopulation Podcast; director of the documentary GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth; host of the syndicated radio series, Conversation Earth; and executive director of World Population Balance.
    Erika Arias
    Co-host of the GrowthBusters podcast about sustainable living; co-host of The Overpopulation Podcast; Programs & Engagement Coordinator for World Population Balance, and a childfree researcher and advocate

    LINKS:
    Planet of the Humans film
    Planet of the Humans: a Sequel webinar video replay on YouTube
    World Population Balance
    One Planet, One Child Billboard Campaign
    GrowthBusters
    GrowthBusters podcast about sustainable living
    Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy
    Fact Check at Planet of the Humans Website
    Full and Sustainable Employment Act (post in Steady State Herald)
    The Real Green New Deal Project
    Green New Deal

    Panelists’ reviews of Planet of the Humans:
    The Inconvenient Truth of Planet of the Humans – by Dave Gardner
    Climate Crisis: Our Ecological Dysfunction Has a Marketing Problem (and it’s not Michael Moore) – by Kristine Mattis
    Planet of the Humans Puts Sacred Cows Out to Pasture – by Brian Czech
    Other Insightful Reviews:
    Sequence Matters – by Herman Daly

    Review: Planet of the Humans – by Richard Heinberg
    The Overpopulation Podcast is produced by World Population Balance, a non-profit organization committed to alertin

    • 1 hr 31 min
    40 Sustainable Population Australia – Part Two

    40 Sustainable Population Australia – Part Two

    How does the public conversation about overpopulation differ between Australia and North America? Dave and Erika invited Sustainable Population Australia’s (SPA) Michael Bayliss back for a second episode to compare notes and report on the 2019 bushfires, SPA’s public policy recommendations related to population, and to share personal experiences that inform his work today.
    In typically direct Australian fashion, Michael explains well why organizations like Sustainable Population Australia and World Population Balance aren’t focusing their energy exclusively on reducing birth rates in high fertility nations in other parts of the world:
    “if you say people from THESE countries have to have less children, but OUR country doesn’t, then that creates resentment across the board for many reasons, and it just diminishes the capacity to work cooperatively with our brothers and sisters from overseas, and entrenches more colonialism…. The only way this is gonna work is if everybody everywhere champions the new norms, despite what your country’s fertility rate is at this very moment.”
    SPECIAL NOTE: The important film, Planet of the Humans, has been released and is available to view free at home through May 20. The film is being widely criticized as factually inaccurate by environmental organizations and renewable energy advocates. We think you should see the film. It has important themes that are valid. Planet of the Humans is a call to recognize that humans are “hitting limits on multiple fronts, and that the green technology will not save us.” We need to get “a grip on our out-of-control human presence and consumption.” World Population Balance is planning a webinar to discuss the film and these themes on May 19. Subscribe to our email updates to get the details.
    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
    Sustainable Population Australia
    Sustainable Population Australia Population Policy
    SPA YouTube Channel
    The Endless Growth Paradigm
    Tough Crowd video
    Talking Heads video
    The Overpopulation Podcast is produced by World Population Balance, a non-profit organization committed to alerting and educating that overpopulation is the root cause of resource depletion, species extinction, poverty, and climate change. Our mission is to chart a path for human civilization that – rather than causing greater misery – enables good lives on a healthy planet. We advocate and support a smaller, truly sustainable human population – through dramatic and voluntary reduction in birth rates. 
    We envision a world where no one suffers in dire poverty and misery for lack of enough food, water, and other basic needs. We see a world where all species thrive and where lower consumption and population are in balance with Earth’s finite resources.
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    • 45 min
    39 Pandemics & Overpopulation: Perils of Endless Human Expansion

    39 Pandemics & Overpopulation: Perils of Endless Human Expansion

    Don’t run for the hills; COVID-19 is not a zombie apocalypse. But incidence of zoonotic pandemics has quadrupled over the last fifty years. You’ve probably heard of HIV, Avian Flu, Swine Flu, Ebola, SARS, MERS, West Nile, and Zika. That’s not a comprehensive list, but a scary one.
    In this episode we explore the connection between pandemics and population. COVID-19 is a sign from Mother Nature, telling us we’re living beyond ecological limits. We’re becoming more and more vulnerable to pandemics because there are so many of us, we are developing in very dense patterns, traveling quickly and widely, altering the climate, and expanding our footprint into every nook and cranny of the planet. Chances of encountering a more lethal virus are increasing thanks to our expansion.
    The Overpopulation Podcast is produced by World Population Balance, a non-profit organization committed to alerting and educating that overpopulation is the root cause of resource depletion, species extinction, poverty, and climate change. Our mission is to chart a path for human civilization that – rather than causing greater misery – enables good lives on a healthy planet. We advocate and support a smaller, truly sustainable human population – through dramatic and voluntary reduction in birth rates.
    We envision a world where no one suffers in dire poverty and misery for lack of enough food, water, and other basic needs. We see a world where all species thrive and where lower consumption and population are in balance with Earth’s finite resources.
     
    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
    One Planet, One Child Billboard Project
    Why Choosing a Smaller Family is Something to Celebrate — on Billboards!
    (Dave’s Essay at Medium)
    The Population Bomb
    Sustainable Population Meetup

    CORONAVIRUS READING:
    Coronavirus Offers "A Blank Page for a New Beginning" Says Li Edelkoort
    How Climate Change is Exacerbating the Spread of Disease

    'Tip Of The Iceberg': Is Our Destruction of Nature Responsible for COVID-19?
    Where's Wally?

    How Does Population Size Affect a Pandemic and Social Distancing?
    How Deforestation Drives the Emergence of Novel Coronaviruses

    COVID-19: Condom Shortage Could Lead to Baby Boom, Experts Say
    Coronavirus: 'Nature is Sending Us a Message,' Says UN Environment Chief
    The Neo-Malthusian World of the Coronavirus
    Bats Are Not To Blame For Coronavirus. Humans Are
    A Lesson From the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Perils of Density
    The Overpopulation Podcast is produced by World Population Balance, a non-profit organization committed to alerting and educating that overpopulation is the root cause of resource depletion, species extinction, poverty, and climate change. Our mission is to chart a path for human civilization that – rather than causing greater misery – enables good lives on a healthy planet. We advocate and support a smaller, truly sustainable human population – through dramatic and voluntary reduction in birth rates. 
    We envision a world where no one suffers in dire poverty and misery for lack of enough food, water, and other basic needs. We see a world where all species thrive and where lower consumption and population are in balance with Earth’s finite resources.
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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

TimHarris04 ,

The most important underreported issue in the world

This podcast is an excellent source of well thought out discussion around the issues of overpopulation. After reading "Countdown" by Alan Weisman, I became fascinated with this topic. This is the best and most professional podcast you'll find on the subject!

Temponautics ,

I haven’t listened to the podcast yet

I would just like to take moment and give some acknowledgement to the producers of this podcast. it’s very encouraging to see this message on the monstrous overpopulation be discussed, one cannot discuss climate, wars, poverty crime and even idiocy without the mention of overpopulation within same sentence. Loveless relationships and marriages only for status or business, who embark on having children foolishly do a disservice and a lack reliability for not only themselves, but of their fellow human being and all forms on this planet.

“Salome” (Peace) for your efforts

Lsitongia ,

The Inconvenient Truth

This is a vitally important podcast. The knowledge imparted in it is of the highest quality. There are very informative guests. The host knows all about the subject, gives important information and asks significant questions of the guests. This is the ultimate problem for the world. Everyone should become well informed about it. This podcast is the best way I've found to do so.

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