Links and Further Reading

Here are some videos, websites, and books that we recommend for further information about overpopulation. This list is not intended to be comprehensive but should serve as a starting point for further investigation.

Video and Audio

Alexandra Paul's TEDx video Actress Alexander Paul delivers a lively talk about the overpopulation crisis.

Arithmetic, Population, and Energy. In this lecture series, physicist Al Bartlett describes the incredible results of exponential growth.

"Being Fruitful Without Multiplying". An informative, inspiring sermon delivered by WPB President Emeritus, David Paxson in June, 2011 at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota with an introduction by Reverend James Gertmenian.

Chris Martenson's Crash Course.This compelling video seminar describes the interdependence of our economy, environment, and energy systems and the impossibility of infinite growth on our planet of finite resources. If you don't have time for the full-length seminar video, check out The 'Accelerated' Crash Course.

Population Growth Video. This short, informative video lays out the basics of our overpopulation crisis and ways we can address it.

World Population Video. This excellent, short video shows the explosive growth of the human population over the past 2,000 years.


Everything Connects. This website offers lots of up-to-date information about causes and effects of overpopulation as well as solutions.

Global Footprint Network. Explore this informative website from the creators of the "ecological footprint" - a resource accounting tool that measures how much nature we have, how much we use, and who uses what. Also, you can calculate your personal ecological footprint.

Grist: stories tagged with GINK(Green Inclinations, No Kids). Check out stories and videos on the Grist website that explore the power of abstaining from procreation for the sake of the planet's sustainability.

GrowthBusters. This groundbreaking documentary challenges our beliefs linking growth with prosperity and fulfillment. Check out all of filmmaker Dave Gardner's activities to build a more sustainable planet at Citizen-Powered Media. A great website for a comprehensive view of the overpopulation crisis and efforts to solve it.

Population Matters. Population Matters is a UK-based green think tank which carries out research on environmentally sustainable population levels and campaigns for a lower population for the UK, Europe and the world as a whole.

Population Clocks. This U.S Census Bureau website page provides authoritative population counters for the U.S. and the world. You'll also find links to population projections for the near past and near future.

Post Carbon Institute. Several excellent videos on this web page about topics ranging from fossil fuels, economic growth, and the need for a smaller population to build a resilient society.

United Nations Population Information Network. This Web site is an excellent source for statistics and other information about world population and related issues.

World Overpopulation Awareness. This excellent website will keep you up to date with the latest news related to the consequences of overpopulation such as resource depletion, climate change, and species loss. The site also provides inspiring examples in the news of people working to solve overpopulation.

World Vital Events. This web page shows the U.S. Census Bureau's best estimates of the current world birth rate, death rate, and population growth rate, shown per year, month, day, hour, minute, and second.


Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Global Food Scarcity by Lester R. Brown. With wisdom accumulated over decades of tracking agricultural issues, Brown exposes the increasingly volatile food situation the world is facing.

Learning to Think Environmentally While there is Still Time by Lester Milbrath. This pocket-sized textbook presents the basics of environmental thinking in a very approachable format.

Man Swarm: How Overpopulation is Killing the Wild World by Dave Foreman. One of the very best books on our overpopulation crisis, Man Swarm helps us understand that only by stabilizing and then reducing human overpopulation can we stop wrecking our only home - Earth.

Move Upstream: A Call to Solve Overpopulation by Karen Shragg. This book challenges social and environmental activists to stop working downstream and take the problem of overpopulation seriously.

Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot (OVER) edited by Tom Butler. Filled with huge, emotionally compelling photographs, OVER powerfully shows the ecological and social tragedies of humanity's ballooning numbers and consumption. OVER can be viewed online for free.

World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse by Lester R. Brown. A comprehensive look at the challenges threatening environmental and economic collapse. The entire book is available for free download.