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The Overpopulation Podcast features enlightening conversations between World Population Balance Executive Director Dave Gardner, staff, and guests. Stay tuned as we roll out more podcasts to raise overpopulation awareness and spread the great news that overpopulation is solvable!

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A spate of op-eds have appeared in major news publications around the world suggesting human population is going to peak in just a few decades, and we should be concerned not about population growth, but population decline. It’s an impressive publicity campaign for a new book with the same premise. We unpack this interesting development.

Are you reluctant to bring up the subject of human overpopulation because it might make someone uncomfortable? What if you’re an environmental journalist? Don’t you have an obligation to cover the root cause of our most urgent environmental crises? The Overpopulation Podcast team picks another bone with David Roberts at Vox and provides an update on an essay at Resilience.org suggesting the sustainability problem is just overconsumption, not overpopulation.

Episode 21:  "Vision of a Sustainable Population Future"

Yes, the world is overpopulated, but the problem is NOT too big to solve. In this roundtable discussion we’ve convened the “overpopulation solution team” from World Population Balance to offer a “sustainable future” scenario. The team paints a picture of the wonderful world that results from a population sized to match our planet. They enumerate key benefits to having fewer people; including more affordable housing, a welcome mat for migrants, better care and nurturing of our children, and happier parents. People would be valued more, educational opportunities improve, and we might even enjoy a 20-hour work week.

Episode 20:  "Democracy Cannot Survive Overpopulation"

Does it surprise you that democracy does NOT get better with population growth? In the aftermath of the midterm U.S. election in November, 2018, the World Population Balance team discusses the ways democracy is hamstrung by overpopulation. Each U.S. citizen, for example, is one of over 700,000 constituents represented by a U.S. House Representative. Two hundred twenty years ago, when U.S. population was 5 million (versus over 325 million today), just 34,000 citizens had to share a representative.

Episode 19:  "Dropping Birth Rates are Good News"

News reports and economists exhibit collective angst about declining birth rates and the resulting aging of populations in many nations. They worry about labor shortages, upside-down pension programs, rising health care burdens and stagnating GDP. A research team at The Overpopulation Project wondered if these challenges outweigh the ecological advantage of a population shrinking back to a level that won’t crush the Earth. 

Episode 18:  "Population IS a Problem"

And it warrants greater attention, not less. This roundtable discussion with the WPB staff answers the question, "Is there a problem with population?" An attempt to answer the question with a 'not really' was recently published in a commentary at Resilience.org. by Chris Smaje with the title "Population: What's the Problem?" Executive Director Dave Gardner, Carolyn VandenDolder, and Alan Ware examine Smaje's premise, his characterizations, and his assumptions. Ultimately, we strongly disagree with his conclusion.

Episode 17:  "Let's Stop Trampling Our Kids' Rights"

We need to put our children first. Carter Dillard and Karin Kuhlemann of the non-profit, Having Kids, join host Dave Gardner for a very candid conversation explaining "child-first" family planning and how it will benefit our children and make human civilization more sustainable.

Episode 16:  "Listener Roundtable"

We wanted to hear what you, our listeners, are thinking about the challenges, the setbacks, and the wins in the race to achieve a sustainable world population. Seven listeners joined the four members of our World Population Balance staff for this conversation.

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