Population in Perspective
A social justice curriculum on population, food, the environment, & climate change
★ For high school (9-12) or early college, adult education, environmental education activities and centers, and more!
★ Easily adaptable into existing lessons
★ For social studies, environmental studies, world history, geography and biology classes
In English (2nd edition)
Praise for Population in Perspective
Beyond the richness of material provided in this curriculum on the subjects of the environment, development and population, the curriculum also supports the pursuit of two other important educational tasks. It is a superb resource for engaging students in the art of critical thinking and for giving them experience in working with complex problems.
Gregory Prince, Hampshire College President (1989-2005) And Author Of Teach Them To Challenge Authority
Teaching young people about population and human rights issues is the most radical and valuable lesson they may ever learn. The authors of Population in Perspective are experts in making accessible complex concepts that are transformative and vital for the future of our planet.
Loretta Ross, Founder And Executive Director Of The National Center For Human Rights Education (1996-2004) And Former National Coordinator, SisterSong: Women Of Color Reproductive Justice Collective
This curriculum is a great resource on population and environment that foregrounds social justice, women’s rights, and community activism. It helps readers understand how “overpopulation” ideas and policies can steer us in the wrong direction when it comes to tackling the urgent problems of poverty, environmental degradation and climate change. Packed with solutions, Population in Perspective inspires optimism and hope. It is also a great companion resource to “Our Bodies, Ourselves” and other texts committed to a reproductive justice perspective.
Executive Director, Our Bodies, Ourselves
Population in Perspective is a must read for courses on the Environment, Development, and Population. It is informative, comprehensive and very readable. I can’t wait to assign it for my courses.
Paino Professor of Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies, Amherst College
Where the issue of population is concerned, mainstream media – and much of academic and policy discourse – continues to be dominated by apocalyptic Malthusian visions. At times, this is received wisdom or lazy “common sense”. At other times, of course, there are more sinister reasons behind these arguments. At all times these feed into anti-women, anti-poor and anti-immigrant rhetoric, and have profound policy implications. With facts and reasoned arguments, Population in Perspective does a singular service in contesting these neo-Malthusian visions.
Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Author of From Population Control to Reproductive Health: Malthusian Arithmetic
Population in Perspective, 2nd Ed. is an invaluable tool for learning how to think critically about the relationship of population to hunger, the environment, and climate change, with particular attention to age, race, gender and migration. This accessible curriculum will challenge conventional beliefs and push people to think in more complex ways about these critically important and timely issues. I highly recommend it!
Assistant Professor of the Study of Women and Gender, Smith College
The work of this curriculum is vital and timely in a landscape that omits eugenics and population control as its scheme, but clearly continues to move its agenda. This embarks on using creative tools to break down very dense information into bite size possibilities of movement and change.
Former National Director of the Committee on Women, Population and the Environment
The discourse of ‘overpopulation’ continues to be a sanctuary for approved forms of racism, neocoloniaism and gender bias. Population in Perspective offers a multitude of practical ways of overcoming its dangerous grip on the imagination of the publics of industrialized countries.