Maria Fotopoulos

On World Water Day: A Look at Man’s Massive Impact on Earth

By Maria Fotopoulos
March 18, 2014

With the continuing rise in world population comes more energy needs, meaning ever-more demand on water resources. That’s the message coming out of World Water Day (March 22), a day created by the United Nations to build awareness of a range of water issues.

A New Front Opens on Family Planning Oct. 18

By Maria Fotopoulos
October 11, 2013

Jonathan Stack has been making documentaries for 25 years, and his latest film project, “The Vasectomist,” has led him to one conclusion. “There’s no issue more important than the one we’re working on now – population on the planet,” he says.

“In fact, if you think of everything – global warming, war, poverty – every single issue you can think of is made all the more complicated because of population. It all comes down to human beings.”

Today is Earth Overshoot Day

Today, August 20, 2013, is “Earth Overshoot Day,” a day not to celebrate, but one to heed a message.

The day is the approximate date when our resource consumption for the year exceeds Earth’s ability to replenish those resources.

Obama Fails to Discuss Key Points in Climate Change Speech

By Maria Fotopoulos
July 29, 2013

President Obama recently shared his vision for how America can address climate change and lead on meeting the challenge globally. He talked about imposing limits on how much carbon pollution can be dumped into our air, asked for the EPA to develop new standards for power plants, and trumpeted wind and solar power.

World Population Day Highlights Continuing Unsustainable Growth

By Maria Fotopoulos
July 10, 2013

Tomorrow is World Population Day. The annual observation grew out of the “Day of Five Billion,” July 11, 1987, recognized as the date human population reached that staggering number.

More than 25 years down the road, we continue growing unsustainably and are now at a world population of 7.1 billion, with a projected population of 9.2 billion by 2050, if we look at what’s believed the more likely of several projections from the United Nations.

Earth Day: A Good Day to Call for Applying Brakes on Immigration

By Maria Fotopoulos
April 22, 2013

“Every environmental problem is a population problem.” Those are the words of the founder of Earth Day, Gaylord Nelson (1916 - 2005), a great environmentalist who served as Governor of Wisconsin and then a U.S. senator for nearly 20 years.

Taking a Day to Celebrate Women

By Maria Fotopoulos
March 8, 2013

International Women’s Day is Friday, March 8th, and is celebrated on through the weekend by many around the world. In the U.S., the day complements a month-long recognition of women through Women’s History Month.

The day has been observed since the early 1900s, and one of its historic moments was in 1908 when 15,000 women took to the New York City streets, demanding better pay, a shorter work day and the vote – the latter they won in 1920.

Going Down the Same Trail: Amnesty

By Maria Fotopoulos
February 2, 2013

An oft-repeated definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” That’s the perfect description of the amnesty, cloaked as “immigration reform,” that the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” and President Obama are poised to hoist upon the U.S.

Crucial Presidential Debate Topic: Foreign Workers

By Maria Fotopoulos
October 5, 2012

With three presidential and VP debates ahead of us, we can only encourage the participants and planners of the face-offs to talk about one of the biggest issues facing the sustainability of our country – immigration.

In the first head-to-head meet-up between incumbent Obama and candidate Romney, there was no reference to immigration. We have moderator Jim Leher of PBS to blame for this. He didn’t ask.

Populationists Find a Rock Star in Melinda Gates

By Maria Fotopoulos
July 16, 2012

In 2006, Edward Hartman wrote a terrific primer, “The Population Fix: Breaking America’s Addiction to Population Growth,” that explained the basic math of how populations grow and the impacts of growth. In it, he used the term populationist to describe anyone with views and concerns about population growth.