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The Overpopulation Podcast features enlightening conversations between Population Balance Executive Director Nandita Bajaj, cohost Dave Gardner, staff, and expert guests. We cover a broad variety of topics that explore the impacts of our expanding human footprint on human rights, animal protection, and environmental restoration, as well as individual and collective solutions.

We make the connections between overpopulation and the many vexing issues of the day. We make it possible for individuals and couples to make more fully informed and carefully considered family-size decisions. Smaller families are key to achieving a sustainable population and creating a more resilient and beautiful future. Overpopulation is one of the two main drivers of resource depletion, poverty, climate change, and species extinction. Join co-hosts Dave Gardner and Nandita Bajaj, along with guest experts, as we shine a little light on this often misunderstood subject.

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The Overpopulation Podcast features enlightening conversations between Population Balance Executive Director Nandita Bajaj, cohost Dave Gardner, staff, and expert guests. We cover a broad variety of topics that explore the impacts of our expanding human footprint on human rights, animal protection, and environmental restoration, as well as individual and collective solutions.

We make the connections between overpopulation and the many vexing issues of the day. We make it possible for individuals and couples to make more fully informed and carefully considered family-size decisions. Smaller families are key to achieving a sustainable population and creating a more resilient and beautiful future. Overpopulation is one of the two main drivers of resource depletion, poverty, climate change, and species extinction. Join co-hosts Dave Gardner and Nandita Bajaj, along with guest experts, as we shine a little light on this often misunderstood subject.

    Are Children and Future Generations Being Betrayed?

    Are Children and Future Generations Being Betrayed?

    Physician turned documentarian Sofia Pineda Ochoa explains why she is taking our society to task for ignoring the peril of human overpopulation. Habitat destruction, species extinction, and animal agriculture top the list of topics. Human numbers are the root of the problem. “Can’t we talk about something that’s so obvious and undeniable?” asks Ochoa.
    Co-host Nandita Bajaj also shares a name change and updated mission, plus a new tag line, “shrink toward abundance.” World Population Balance is now Population Balance, and the web address is now populationbalance.org. Also, we announce that co-host Dave Gardner is leaving the podcast. Listen in for all the details.
    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
    Population Balance Board of advisors
    https://www.populationbalance.org/boa
    We Need to Talk About Overpopulation: An Interview with Nandita Bajaj
    https://humaneeducation.org/we-need-to-talk-about-overpopulation-an-interview-with-nandita-bajaj/
    Endgame 2050 documentary
    https://youtu.be/o8YomEOExkc
    MeatYourFuture
    https://meatyourfuture.com/
    3 recent videos by Sofia Pineda Ochoa
    Humanity's Land-Grab Disaster
    https://youtu.be/D9rSeKFcx18
    Vanishing Insects Spell Trouble for Humans
    https://youtu.be/bCUFTYuABhg
    The Betrayal of Ignoring Human Overpopulation
    https://youtu.be/SHTeCHKGh7w
    The Overpopulation Podcast is produced by Population Balance. We make the connections between overpopulation and the many vexing issues of the day. We make it possible for individuals and couples to make more fully informed and carefully considered family-size decisions. Smaller families are key to achieving a sustainable population and creating a more resilient and beautiful future.
    Overpopulation is one of the two main drivers of resource depletion, poverty, climate change, and species extinction. The good news: overpopulation is solvable - ethically, equitably and voluntarily. Join co-hosts Dave Gardner and Nandita Bajaj, along with occasional guest experts, as we shine a little light on this often misunderstood subject.
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    • 57 min
    Pronatalism and Overpopulation

    Pronatalism and Overpopulation

    Are our decisions about having children really made freely – without pressure from government, church, business, media, family and friends? The decision to have children or not is arguably one of the most important decisions we make in our lives. It’s largely regarded as an isolated personal decision and a natural rite of passage into adulthood. But how personal, really, is our decision to have a child?

    This podcast episode features audio from the World Population Day webinar hosted by World Population Balance on 7 July, 2021: Pronatalism and Overpopulation: Challenging the Social Pressures to Procreate. You can view the video of the webinar at https://www.populationbalance.org/our-webinars 

    Moderator: Nandita Bajaj, Executive Director of World Population Balance

    Panelists:
    Laura Carroll
    Internationally recognized expert on the childfree choice Author, The Baby Matrix: Why Freeing Our Minds from Outmoded Thinking about Parenthood & Reproduction Will Create a Better World Co-Author, Man Swarm: How Overpopulation is Killing the Wild World Contributor, Voluntary and Involuntary Childlessness: The Joys of Otherhood? Author, Families of Two: Interviews with Happily Married Couples without Children by Choice Elisabeth Dimitras
    Freelance researcher based in Greece for international anti-speciesist NGOs Creator of educational online platform, Ethos & Empathy Orna Donath
    Israeli sociologist, lecturer, writer and feminist activist Author, Regretting Motherhood Teaches at Tel Aviv University, Ben Gurion University, and the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yafo Dr. Amrita Nandy
    New Delhi-based researcher and writer whose work on gender, rights and culture has been published in national and international books, journals  Author, Motherhood and Choice: Uncommon Mothers, Childfree Women
    LINKS:
    Pronatalism and Overpopulation: Challenging the Social Pressures to Procreate – webinar video
    https://www.populationbalance.org/our-webinars
    Lund University study:
    The Climate Mitigation Gap: Education and Government Recommendations Miss the Most Effective Individual Actions – by Seth Wynes and Kimberly A. Nicholas
    https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aa7541
    The Overpopulation Podcast is produced by World Population Balance. We make the connections between overpopulation and the many vexing issues of the day. We make it possible for individuals and couples to make more fully informed and carefully considered family-size decisions. Smaller families are key to achieving a sustainable population and creating a more resilient and beautiful future.
    Overpopulation is one of the two main drivers of resource depletion, poverty, climate change, and species extinction. The good news: overpopulation is solvable - ethically, equitably and voluntarily. Join co-hosts Dave Gardner and Nandita Bajaj, along with occasional guest experts, as we shine a little light on this often misunderstood subject.
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Earth Overshoot Day: Overdrafting the World’s Ecosystems

    Earth Overshoot Day: Overdrafting the World’s Ecosystems

    “Humankind is using up the biophysical basis of its own existence.” That’s the bottom line of this Earth Overshoot Day conversation with William Rees, the father of ecological footprint analysis.  According to Rees, “the only way out of overshoot is less production and less consumption, so it means a much smaller economy and far fewer people.”
    Earth Overshoot Day in 2021 is July 29. At this point in the year, we've already demanded a year's worth of the Earth's sustainable regenerative capacity.
    LINKS:
    Pronatalism and Overpopulation: Challenging the Social Pressures to Procreate
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7FCMriyVEeMLd3ng0lMWDojlpIFkjuyV
    Earth Overshoot Day
    https://www.overshootday.org/
    Global Footprint Network
    https://www.footprintnetwork.org/
    This Sustainable Life podcast
    https://joshuaspodek.com/podcast
    Untucking Overpopulation with Alexandra Paul - Episode 62 of The Overpopulation Podcast
    https://www.worldpopulationbalance.org/podcasts/2021-06-02-episode-62-untucking-overpopulation-alexandra-paul
    Human Overpopulation: An Overview – Alexandra Paul presentation at San Diego State University
    https://sdsu.zoom.us/rec/play/s7FhvLVhomKSK4j66kW1XhIKOKO_4pR4Z_MrIFZhY6GGejMa9cedngAfqq4QGT1nB6IMacWdQa90kdOa.MU51GB96njRiOXW-?continueMode=true&_x_zm_rtaid=UaetWGlsSOaWSg-JoJ7VRw.1622056257385.2a26ec9ce8972216cf8b211a77a179f9&_x_zm_rhtaid=604
    Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on the Earth – by William Rees and Mathis Wackernagel
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/318225.Our_Ecological_Footprint
    The Overpopulation Podcast is produced by World Population Balance. We make the connections between overpopulation and the many vexing issues of the day. We make it possible for individuals and couples to make more fully informed and carefully considered family-size decisions. Smaller families are key to achieving a sustainable population and creating a more resilient and beautiful future.
    Overpopulation is one of the two main drivers of resource depletion, poverty, climate change, and species extinction. The good news: overpopulation is solvable - ethically, equitably and voluntarily. Join co-hosts Dave Gardner and Nandita Bajaj, along with occasional guest experts, as we shine a little light on this often misunderstood subject.
    Share Your Thoughts With Us
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    World Population Day: More Humanity, Fewer Humans

    World Population Day: More Humanity, Fewer Humans

    Population Institute Canada’s Madeline Weld has a sustainable vision for Canada. Growth boosters and the media’s assumption that growth is good top the list of topics in this conversation with Weld, president of Population Institute Canada. We get her thoughts about U.N. messaging and action on World Population Day (July 11).
    On the Canadian front, the Century Initiative in Canada is calling for the nation to nearly triple its 38 million population to 100 million by century’s end. We discuss the myth that Canada has plenty of room for a much larger population, and the many reasons further population growth and “development” in Canada diminishes biodiversity, ecosystem health and quality of life. Weld also acquaints us with the history and advocacy work of Population Institute Canada. 

    LINKS:
    Population Institute Canada
    Deconstructing the Dangerous Dogma of Denial – by Madeline Weld
    Sadly, Malthus Was Right—Now What? – by Madeline Weld
    Should Canada Have a Population Policy? – presentation by Madeline Weld to Canadian Association for the Club of Rome
    Canada's population Needs to be 100 Million by 2100
    Former Prime Minister Wants Canada’s Population to Grow To 100 Million
     
    The Overpopulation Podcast is produced by World Population Balance, a non-profit organization committed to alerting and educating that overpopulation is a 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 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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    • 46 min
    Perspectives from Population Institute’s Kathleen Mogelgaard

    Perspectives from Population Institute’s Kathleen Mogelgaard

    Great strides have been made in advancing women’s reproductive autonomy, but there is still much to accomplish. Kathleen Mogelgaard, new president of the Population Institute discusses the Institute’s work, including reducing the unmet need for family planning (affecting over 200 million women around the world) and an active effort to permanently repeal the global gag rule (which interferes with provision of important family planning services).
    Regarding the recent surge in baby-bust alarmism, Kathleen notes that the lower birth rate in the U.S. represents real progress – women taking advantage of a greater diversity of opportunities, and fewer unintended and fewer teen pregnancies. We all agree the response to dropping birth rates – an emphasis on bumping up birth rates – is demeaning, reducing the role of women to manufacturers of future workers, consumers and taxpayers. Also on the agenda: the history of the “population taboo,” the continuing need to improve overpopulation literacy, and the real possibility of seeing an end to population growth this century.


    LINKS:
    Pronatalism and Overpopulation: Challenging the Social Pressures to Procreate – register here for free webinar hosted by World Population Balance on July 7, 2021
    Double Dividends: Population Dynamics & Climate Adaptation – 2014 Wilson Center panel
    What is a Solutionary?
    Population Institute
    Population: Off the Radar, Not Off the Map – by Kathleen Mogelgaard
    Don't Panic About Slower Population Growth – by Kathleen Mogelgaard
    2019 UNFPA State of the World Population Report: Unfinished Business: The Pursuit of Rights and Choices for All (Kathleen Mogelgaard was lead researcher and author)
    Global Health, Empowerment and Rights Act
    ORNA DONATH Speaks About FREEDOM on [m]otherhood – video clip
    Regretting Motherhood – by Orna Donath
    [m]otherhood – a transmedia documentary
     
    The Overpopulation Podcast is produced by World Population Balance, a non-profit organization committed to alerting and educating that overpopulation is a 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 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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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Untucking Overpopulation with Alexandra Paul

    Untucking Overpopulation with Alexandra Paul

    It’s an insane world where speaking the scientific truth is an act of courage. Actress Alexandra Paul has been courageously educating people about human overpopulation for over thirty years. Her most notable effort is a TEDx Talk, Overpopulation Facts - The Problem No One Will Discuss. The questions we ask her about that TEDx experience reveals just how irrational our society is about discussing this subject.

    We also discuss other actions Alexandra takes as a sustainable population activist, including op-eds and letters to newspapers like the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. Also on the table: baby bust hysteria, veganism and animal rights, over 20 arrests, overconsumption, and our obsession with economic growth.
    LINKS:
    Overpopulation Facts - The Problem No One Will Discuss – Alexandra Paul at TEDx Topanga
    The Cost of Cool – Early overconsumption education film featuring Alexandra Paul
    Human Overpopulation: An Overview – Alexandra Paul presentation at San Diego State University
    Long Slide Looms for World Population, With Sweeping Ramifications (New York Times)
    Declining U.S. Birth Rate Adds Urgency to the Need for Smart Immigration Reform (Los Angeles Times)
    Why California Should Welcome the End of Unsustainable Growth (Los Angeles Times Letters to the Editor)
    The Declining American Birth Rate Could Actually be Good for the Economy (Business Insider)
    Switch4Good podcast
    Why Seth Rogen and His Wife Don’t Want Kids (The Howard Stern Show)


    The Overpopulation Podcast is produced by World Population Balance, a non-profit organization committed to alerting and educating that overpopulation is a 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 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.
    Subscribe to Balanced View print newsletter (please request print version only if you’re not content to get this via email/website link)
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    • 1 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

WooooF ,

MOST IMPORTANT MESSAGE TODAY

Climate Change is merely ONE SYMPTOM of the MUCH bigger problem of WAY too many people, consuming WAY too much!! We MUST END our relentless obsession with GROWTH (population &/or economic). Endless growth on our finite, dying planet is IMPOSSIBLE! ... 'not to mention a suicidal Ponzi scheme. My cynical side has given up on preserving the humans ... I'm much more concerned about the trillions of TOTALLY INNOCENT non-human lives that we are taking down with our endless greed & stupidity.

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Work and or kids

Love the show, and the topic. As a woman I strongly resent the fact that I have to work instead of have a family, or that I have to work at all. I have never been able to find fulfillment in work outside of my home, and I don’t think that’s my problem. It’s a societal problem. But I don’t see how it’s feasible financially or within the environment to have a traditional family, which is what I would rather have had in lieu of work. I don’t feel that it’s a fair trade off that now I’m forced to work and earn a living instead of create a home. I wish you’d discuss the women that don’t want to work outside the home more. How does she grapple with this conflict?

Bradmeiklejohn ,

The Big Picture

Thankfully, Dave Gardner and crew provide a welcome voice of calm, thoughtful context. Context is sorely lacking in the modern world as our left brain hemispheres fixate on small-ball minutiae. We are adrift in a sea of information without a paddle of wisdom.

It is stunning how many “smart” people fail to grasp the severity of human overpopulation. Am I worried that human society is going to collapse? No, not really, as we have an amazing capacity for engineering our way out of jams. But tigers, trogons, and trout, not so much.

“I love Man not the less, but Nature more,” said Lord Byron. I agree.

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