Video: International women’s health activist Betsy Hartmann discusses the roots and impact of apocalyptic thinking in American environmentalism
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The rhetoric of some population and environment groups is edging dangerously toward the same arguments used by proponents of the greening of hate. (more…)
The Director of the Population and Development program and Professor of Development Studies at Hampshire College was interviewed on January 20 by Newsclick India (more…)
In ‘A Redder Shade of Green,’ did Ian Angus unfairly criticize people who believe overpopulation is a major environmental problem?
Why I refused an invitation to speak at a public meeting in Washington
Betsy Hartmann: On World Population Day, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation hosts an international meeting that blames poor women for the social ills caused by the rich and powerful. Human rights activists fear this heralds a serious backslide to the bad old days of coercive contraception and population control.
The Royal Society’s People and the Planet report is rich in numbers but sadly lacking in social analysis or understanding. It doesn’t explain poverty or the environmental crisis … but it does expose the narrowness of populationist thought.
When you invoke the language of “overpopulation,” of “too many people,” of “can’t feed ’em, don’t breed em,” you promote programs that profoundly harm women of color, poor women, indigenous women, and women in the global south.
Veteran British socialist Alan Thornett has published a highly critical review of the new book Too Many People? Population, Immigration, and the Environmental Crisis. Here is his critique, followed by a reply from the book’s authors, Ian Angus and Simon Butler. ‘TOO MANY PEOPLE?’ A REVIEW by Alan Thornett Socialist Resistance, January 2, 2012 As a […]
This timely work methodically reviews and demolishes the pseudo-science of Populationism … reinforcing humanist and internationalist arguments exposing the methods and politics and pseudo-statistics of populationist organisations
Betsy Hartmann and Katie McKay Bryson of the Population and Development Program reply to Kieran Suckling of the Center for Biological Diversity. (more…)
Ironically, while populationist groups focus attention on the 7 billion, protestors in the worldwide Occupy movement have identified the real source of environmental destruction: not the 7 billion, but the 1% (more…)