People and organizations worldwide strongly influence the future of life on Earth. That’s why Global Population Speak Out (Speak Out) focuses on enhancing these voices.
Speak Out helps equip those already engaged in environmental work, as well as new learners, with tools to help spread important environmental and social-change messages and bring international attention to the burdens human population size and growth are putting on the planet’s ecosystems — and to emphasize the sensible, progressive and compassionate means human communities have to stabilize our numbers and seek an improved balance with our home planet.
In past campaigns, Speak Out has recruited substantial numbers of world-class scientists, academicians, opinion-leaders – and thousands of lay environmentalists and concerned citizens – to help bring international attention to the powerful social and environmental benefits that will come with global human population stabilization and eventual declines. Look at photos and stories about what people are doing or visit the map to see people’s efforts from around the world.
Examples of previous Speak Out activities include: International Herald Tribune Op-Ed publications; major press coverage in Science Magazine,Grist, and the New York Times; campus-wide activism; birth control education seminars; movie screenings; community forums; and small public demonstrations in the US and England.
A centerpiece of the 2015/2016 Speak Out was the book, Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot (OVER). OVER crystallizes the ecological and social tragedies of humanity’s ballooning numbers, over-production and over-consumption. Filled with powerful and evocative images, OVER addresses many of the Earth’s challenges that are caused by human population and points clearly to the compelling and obvious need to stabilize and then shrink the burdens we are putting on other species and the planetary whole.
On this website, you’ll find lots of ways to join the campaign, including:
Speak Out is a joint initiative of Population Media Center and Population Institute.
The campaign map shows Campaign Friends (people who have put their name on the map in support of Speak Out), Campaign Activists (people who have pledged to help spread the word), and Book Champions (people who have requested free books to distribute). Join us! Put your name on the map!Campaign Friends Campaign Activists Book Champions
There are many ways to participate! Together, we can raise awareness and bring about change.