Join the Population Discussion in October!

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By Maria Fotopoulos

Maria is a CAPS Senior Writing Fellow who focuses on the impacts of growth on biodiversity. Find her on Twitter | in | FB.

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October 14, 2013

I think the overpopulation issue may be gaining some momentum!

Here are a few happenings that you can participate in this month – or, to the first item below, at least support in spirit (the deadline to participate in the actual event has passed … yes, I’m sure many of you will be sad to hear that):

  • October 18 is World Vasectomy Day. WVD is being billed as “the largest male-oriented global family planning event ever.” The organizers’ goal is to perform 1,000 vasectomies across 25 countries in 24 hours.

    But, wait … there’s more!

    In addition to discussion with Paul Ehrlich, author of the bestselling “The Population Bomb,” the main WVD event will be live vasectomies performed in front of invited experts and a live studio audience, webcast from the Royal Institution of Australia in Adelaide. Watch online at the RiAus Livestream.

    Now this is one way to draw attention to family planning! More information on how you can help is here.
     

  • On October 22, Orion Magazine, a publication devoted to environmental issues, is hosting a live event with Alan Weisman, author of The World Without Us and Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth? Joining him will be Hania Zlotnik, former director of the Population Division for the UN's Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and UC Berkeley professor Malcolm Potts, who focuses on population and family planning.

    Join in the one-hour call and hear what the experts have to say about human overpopulation and what our exploding numbers mean for Mother Earth. Join in the call that starts at 7 p.m. Eastern/4 p.m. Pacific. Preregistration is required. Register free here.
     

  • Through October, watch a free streaming of the outstanding documentary, “Mother – Caring for 7 Billion,” to celebrate the International Day of the Girl. See the film here: http://www.motherthefilm.com. Read about the film here.
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