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Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot (OVER) is an impressive piece of art crystallizing the ecological and social tragedies of humanity’s ballooning numbers and consumption. Filled with powerful and evocative images, OVER addresses the many challenges caused by human population size (7.3 billion) and growth (1.5 million people every week).

OVER was created as the centerpiece of the 2015 Global Population Speak Out campaign, which offers people and organizations worldwide the opportunity to influence the future of life on this planet by giving voice to their aspirations for a more sustainable future. Speak Out promises to bring international attention to the many crises caused by human behavior and our already enormous population size — and the ongoing growth of global population numbers. At the same time, Speak Out also points the way towards a more sustainable human relationship with the planet: through early global population stabilization. 

Through a vigorous pursuit and realization of a progressive human rights agenda, global population could stabilize as soon as the year 2050 at 8.3 billion. The keys to achieving this important milestone will be weakening and eliminating social injustices around the world, such as the low social-status of women in many countries, gender-based violence, rape, genital mutilation, untreated fistula, forced prostitution, slavery, and child marriage — after all, these injustices significantly contribute to high fertility and population growth because they rob women of social-status and autonomy in deciding how many children they would like to bear and when. Victory on these compelling issues, along with expanding global access to family planning information and services, will point global population towards stabilization within 35 years. If progress is not made on these issues, however, global population could be as high as 16 billion by the year 2100.

We have created online versions of the book’s essays and created easily sharable postcards from some of the striking photographs within the book to help you spread the word and encourage others to speak out.

OVER was published by the Foundation for Deep Ecology. It was printed and is available commercially for $50 by Goff Books, an imprint of ORO Editions. 

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