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Sustainable Society:  A society that balances the environment, other life forms, and human interactions over an indefinite time period.







U.S. Sustainable Population Policy Project (USS3P)

Project Cosponsors and Participating Organizations


On the basis of earlier drafts of this document, about twenty organizations have signed on as participants and cosponsors in this project, as of May 1997. A current list of the cosponsoring and participant organizations is available on request.

U.S. Sustainable Population Policy Project

Draft List of Project Advisers (10) by Category

Keyfitz, Nathan; Dept. of Sociology, Harvard University -- Motivations and Incentives for Families to Encourage 1-2 Child Families

Buttel, Fred; Department of Rural Sociology, University of Wisconsin -- Jobs and Redistribution of Resources
Daly, Herman; University of Maryland -- Ecological Economics

Sadik, Nafis; UNFPA

Kalb, Marvin; Harvard University -- The Use of the Mass Media to Influence Reproductive Decision Making

Ryerson, William; Population Communications International -- The Use of the Mass Media to Influence Reproductive Decision Making

Power-Bratton, Susan; Professor of Wild Ecology and Christian Ecology, Whitworth College (Spokane, WA) Author of Six Billion and More
Adams, Geri; Editor of IMPACT, Alexandria, VA -- Immigration's impact on the black community

Postel, Sandra; Worldwatch Institute, Population and its Contribution to Water Pollution;
Wilson, E.O.; author of "The Diversity of Life".


Draft List of Project Reviewers (22) by Category

Fornos, Werner; Population Institute
Cohen, Joel; Head of the Laboratory of Populations at Rockefeller University, author of "How Many People Can the Earth Support?"
Barlow, Robin; University of Michigan -- The Relationship between Economic and Population Growth

Bouvier, Leon; Tulane University, or Vernon Briggs, Cornell University -- History of U.S. Immigration Policy
Reppetto, Dr. Robert; World Resources Institute -- Natural resource management and populations
Low, Bobbi; University of Michigan -- How Economics Affect Fertility

Wirth, Tim; Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs and ex-officio member of the President's Council on Sustainable Development

Burke, Dr. Meredith; Hoover Foundation, Palo Alto, CA -- Sociology of populations and teenage fertility.
Maher, Dr. T. Michael; Department of Communication -- University of Southwestern Louisiana, Media Framing and the Salience of the Population Issue in the United States.
Pearlman, Nancy; a UN Nobel 500 Laureate who does works with media and communications. She has produced award-winning tapes and videos, and focuses on pop/environmental issues.

Grant, Lindsey; former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Environment and Population, author of "Juggernaut"-- Overview of U.S. Immigration Policy and History: How We Got Where We Are Today.
Lamm, Richard; Center for Public Policy (Denver), former Governor of Colorado
McNamara, Robert; former CIA director -- deep interest in population issues
Schneider, Claudine; Chair, Renew America

Wood, James W.; Dept. of Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University, Behavioral and Psychological Aspects of Population Growth;

Nash, Jim; Churches Center for Public Policy
Sommers, Rev. Dr. Gordon L.; President, National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.-author, "A Call to Engagement for People of Faith, Concerning the 1994 UN ICPD."

Abernethy, Dr. Virginia; Vanderbilt University, Tennessee -- Author of the book, "Population Politics," and editor of the journal "Population and Environment"
Holdren, John; Harvard; Population's Impact on Energy Consumption.
Meadows, Donella; Environmental Policy, Dartmouth College -- Women, Babies and the Environment
Giampietro, Mario; Nutrition, population and energy
Myers, Norman; Visiting Fellow of Green College, Oxford University, co-author of "Scarcity or Abundance? A Debate on the Environment"

  1. Belden & Russonello, Report of Findings from Focus Groups on Population, Consumption, and the Environment, Executive Summary, July, 1993, at 2-4.
    2. President's Council on Sustainable Development, U.S. Population and Sustainability, Chapter 6 (1995). This commitment serves as follow up also to the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, at which the United States committed to a Program of Action that encourages all countries to establish population policies designed to ensure the sustainability of future generations.
    3. Pimentel, D., R. Harman, M. Pacenza, J. Pecarsky, and M. Pimentel. (1994). "Natural resources and an optimum human population." Population and Environment 15: 347-369. See also, Pimentel, D. and M. Pimentel (1996). Food, Energy and Society. Niwot, CO: University Press of Colorado. See also, Smith, R. Overpopulation and Overconsumption: Combating the Two Main Drivers of Global Destruction; BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, May 15, 1993, at 1285. See also, Grant, L. 1996. Juggernaut: Growth on a Finite Planet. Seven Locks Press, Santa Ana, CA. See also, Cohen, J.E. 1995. How Many People Can the Earth Support? Norton, New York, 1995.
    4. "The United States . . . is the only major industrialized country in the world experiencing population growth on a significant scale." President's Council on Sustainable Development, Task Force Report on Population and Consumption (1995). See also Carrying Capacity Network, The Many Costs of Immigration - Money and More, 6 NETWORK BULLETIN, (Jan./Feb. 1996), at 2; McCall, S.M., The Quiet Crisis, HABITAT, Winter, 1995, at 14.
    5. Holmes, supra note 2.
    6. Hallerdin, J., J. Jacobsen and D. Sherman, Towards a National Population Policy, in NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY, THE ROAD FROM CAIRO (1994)
    7. Holmes, H., The Unequal Burden, HABITAT, Winter, 1995, at 21. See also Rauber, P. Cribonometry, SIERRA, May/June, 1993
    8. "Carrying capacity is the life (e.g. populations of plants, animals, humans) that a given amount of land can support." Waak, P., FAITH, JUSTICE & A HEALTHY WORLD (2d Ed. 1995). See also Keyfitz, N., Population and Development Within the Ecosphere: One View of the Literature, FOCUS, Winter, 1992.
    9. Pimentel, D., M. Tort, L. D'Anna, A. Krawic, J. Berger, J. Rossman, F. Mugo, N. Doon, M. Shriberg, E.S. Howard, S. Lee, and J. Talbot. 1997. Increasing disease incidence: environmental degradation and population growth. Submitted to Science. See also, Platt, A.E.. 1996. Infecting Ourselves: How Environmental and Social Disruptions Trigger Disease. Worldwatch Institute, Washington, DC.
    10. Ehrlich, P.R. and J. Holdren, The Impact of Population Growth, 171 SCIENCE, 1212-1217 (1971). As described by Ehrlich and Ehrlich: "The impact (I) of any group or nation on the environment is the product of its population's size (P) multiplied by per capita affluence (A) as measured by consumption, in turn multiplied by a measure of the damage done by the technologies (T) involved in supporting each unit of that consumption." U.S. EPA, The Population-Environment Connection (1995), at 19. See also, Paul R. Ehrlich & Anne H. Ehrlich, The Most Overpopulated Nation, in ELEPHANTS IN THE VOLKSWAGEN, (Lindsay Grant, ed. 1992).
    11. Growth vs. Environment, BUSINESS WEEK, May 11, 1992.
    12. Hall, C.A.S. et al., The Environmental Consequences of Having a Baby in the United States, 15 POPULATION & ENVIRONMENT, No. 6 (July, 1994).
    13. As then Governor Reagan said, in 1974, "Our country and state have a special obligation to work toward the stabilization of our own population so as to credibly lead other parts of the world toward population stabilization." Ronald Reagan, Governor, State of California, Hearings before Subcommittee on Census and Population, 1974.
    14. Project cosponsors support the principles outlined in this document, and endorse the development of a domestic population policy that addresses fertility, immigration and consumption.

Questions or requests for additional information regarding the U.S. Sustainable Population Policy Project may be directed to:

Carole Wilmoth
919 Vinecrest Lane
Richardson, TX, 75080;
Ph. 972-238-8805
Fax: 972-479-0322
E-mail <71634.217@compuserve.com> -or- <CLWilmoth@aol.com>.

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