Sierra Club's Bay Chapter Population Committee
The Sierra Club Bay Chapter has its own Population Committee. While Sierra Club addresses population at a national level through the Global Population and Environmental Program, its chapters have taken on the challenge as well.
The Bay Chapter's Population Committee will be joining the ranks alongside the Sierra Club's Sacramento Mother Lode Chapter and NYC Population Committee.
Adam Duhan is elected chair of the committee. Adam has over twenty years of experience with Population Connection, which was started by Paul Ehrlich and has worked on the Rural Health Project in King City with Cesar Chavez. He is fluent in Spanish. Adam is also a Sierra Club lifetime member.
The Bay Population and the Environment Committee is building a diverse coalition between Sierra Club and other environmental organizations concerned with population. We are working closely with Howmany.org, which has brought population back into dialogue as a major factor in environmental conservation.
Other organizations that are working with the committee include the Bixby Center and The Millenium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere.
See also Adam's article "Human population and wildlife habitat".
Sierra Club Adopts New Policy on Immigration
In 2013, the Sierra Club's Board of Directors unanimously endorsed a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. In the club's press release, Executive Director Michael Brune stated:
"The 20 million Americans with family members whose legal status is in limbo share the Sierra Club's concerns about climate and the environment. Yet, this vital set of stakeholders and change agents has been denied civil rights. The Sierra Club is committed to partnering with all who share our urgent concerns about advancing our democracy and fighting the climate crisis."
The club's new position occurred 3 days after the 175th birthday of their founder, John Muir, himself an immigrant from Scotland.
- CNRCC Population Committee Report - Oct. 5, 2013
- Sierra Club press release: Sierra Club Supports Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants
- Sierra Club endorses a Path to the Future
- Grist: Why environmentalists should get involved in immigration reform
- Grist (April 2004): Immigration controversy engulfs Sierra Club board election
- Grist (April 2005): Battle over immigration policy returns in this month's board election
Graphic artist, illustrator and cartoonist, Steve Greenberg. greenberg-art.com
Some Sobering Numbers
1983 year that world grain production per person began to
1989 year that world fish catch per person began to decline (ecofuture.org)
1999 year that the world population reached 6 billion (US Census Bureau)World population in 1999
2011 year that the world population reached 7 billion (US Census Bureau)2011 World Population
2050 year that the world population will reach 9.2 billion (US Census Bureau)World Population Prediction 2050
3 days for the world population to increase by that of San Francisco
6 months for the world population to increase by that of California
200,000 world population growth each day
70 years for population to double, in any country, at a 1% growth rate per year.(2009 WOA!!)
(World Overpoulation Awareness)
What People are Saying about Population Today
Is there a relation between religion, sex and the number of babies per woman? In this TED talk from Doha, Qatar, Hans Rosling discusses this delicate topic and explains the main reason why the world population will increase with another 3 billion people.
If it's not religion or income, what is it?
Melinda Gates on Contraception
Melinda Gates has decided to make birth control her signature issue. "My goal is to get this back on the global agenda," she said in an interview with Newsweek. She is the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - the richest in the world; chances are she can do it. Perhaps Gates can do for family planning what Al Gore did for climate change.
215 million women around the world want to avoid pregnancy but aren't currently using modern birth control. As Gates explained "This is a life-and-death crisis. Every year, 100,000 women who don't want to be pregnant die in childbirth. About 600,000 women who don't want to be pregnant give birth to a baby who dies in her first month of life. I know everybody wants to save these mothers and babies."
Check out our Sierra Club on Population slide ... show, by Emily linked here.