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The Rise of Women

She’s just turned 16 and is already a world leader with more statespersonlike qualities, clear-eyed goals, plain speaking and sheer guts than almost any national head of today or recent history. Swedish climate campaigner and global school strike organiser Greta Thunberg is the personification of the emergent world order and its invigorating leadership. The one […]

Sustainable Competitiveness: The Model, Results, and Potential Applications

GDP is an insufficient measurement of success and competitiveness. The competitiveness of a country is – traditionally – closely associated with GDP (or GNI), either measured in total or per capita. Alternatively, there are indexes – in particular the WEFs “Competitiveness Index” that try to measure conventional aspects of competitiveness (and show a very strong […]

Solutions to overpopulation and what you can do

Here at The Overpopulation Project, we try to keep a positive outlook. Although many environmental trends are grim, there exist clear paths forward toward a more sustainable world: one where people steward resources for the future and share habitat and resources generously with other species. Recently, a correspondent wrote challenging us to identify solutions to the demographic […]

Does the Ethical Tourist Really Exist?

Picture this: Your bags are packed, everything is booked, and your plane is about to take you to a fun-filled week of vacation in Thailand. What’s on your agenda? Some days are spent sun-tanning on the beach near your hotel, while others include a flurry of activities like riding an elephant through the jungle, attending […]

Other People’s Kids

An externality is a positive or negative consequence of an activity experienced by unrelated parties. In many situations, society applies rules to reduce negative externalities or incentivize positive externalities. Taxes or regulations penalize pollution, subsidies pay for vaccinations. These ideas and policies are generally accepted until we come to childbearing decisions. Even people highly concerned […]

Recognizing the Systemic Interconnections Between the Sustainable Development Goals: Why a Systemic Approach is Imperative to Wildlife Conservation and Species’ Extinction Prevention

It was the heartbreaking plight and looming extinction of the African elephant that compelled me to move to Tanzania in October 2016. How could Tanzania lose 60% of its elephant population, or roughly 66,000 elephants, in only 5 years (2009-2014)? How could an ivory poaching crisis of this magnitude continue unabated? How can we halt […]

What goes up: are predictions of a population crisis wrong?

Changing fertility rates challenge dystopian visions and UN projections about the future of our overcrowded planet. She is a well-educated, professional woman, working in an office tower in central Nairobi, Kenya. Because of her status and education, the price required to marry her is bound to be high. Although dowries are often now paid in […]

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