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Through a series of essays by leading demographers, environmentalists and reproductive health advocates, A Pivotal Moment offers a new perspective on the complex connection between population dynamics and environmental quality. It presents the latest research on the relationship between population growth and climate change, ecosystem health and other environmental issues. It surveys the new demographic landscape—in which population growth rates have fallen, but human numbers continue to increase. It looks back at the lessons learned from half a century of population policy—and forward to propose twenty-first century population policies that are sustainable and just.

 A Pivotal Moment puts forth the concept of “population justice,” which is inspired by reproductive justice and environmental justice movements. Population justice holds that inequality is a root cause of both rapid population growth and environmental degradation.  As the authors in this volume explain, to slow population growth and build a sustainable future, women and men need access to voluntary family planning and other reproductive health services. They need education and employment opportunities, especially for women. Population justice means tackling the deep inequities—both gender and economic—that are associated with rapid population growth and unsustainable resource consumption. Where family planning is available, where couples are confident their children will survive, where girls go to school, where young men and women have economic opportunity—there couples will have healthier and smaller families.

Synopsis:

With contributions by leading demographers, environmentalists, and reproductive health advocates, A Pivotal Moment offers a new perspective on the complex connection between population dynamics and environmental quality. It presents the latest research on the relationship between population growth and climate change, ecosystem health, and other environmental issues. It surveys the new demographic landscapeand#151;in which population growth rates have fallen, but human numbers continue to increase. It looks back at the lessons of the last half century while looking forward to population policies that are sustainable and just.
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A Pivotal Moment embraces the concept of and#147;population justice,and#8221; which holds that inequality is a root cause of both rapid population growth and environmental degradation. By addressing inequalityand#151;both gender and economicand#151;we can reduce growth rates and build a sustainable future.

Synopsis:

With contributions by leading demographer

About the Author

Editor Laurie Mazur is an independent writer and consultant to nonprofit organizations. She is the editor of Beyond the Numbers: A Reader on Population, Consumption, and the Environment (Island Press, 1994) and co-author of Marketing Madness: A Survival Guide for a Consumer Society (Westview, 1995).

Table of Contents

Foreword

Introduction

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PART I. The Numbers

Chapter 1. Human Population Grows Up \ Joel E. Cohen

Chapter 2. The Largest Generation Comes of Age \ Martha Fransworth Riche

Chapter 3. People on the Move: Population, Migration, and the Environment \ Susan Gibbs

Chapter 4. The Urban Millennium \ United Nations Population Fund

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PART II. The Impact

Chapter 5. Climate Change and Population Growth \ Brian C. O'Neill

Chapter 6. Fair Weather, Lasting World \ Robert Engelman

Chaper 7. Adapting to Climate Change: The Role of Reproductive Health \ Malea Hoepf Young, Elizabeth L. Malone, Elizabeth Leahy Madsen, and Amy Coen

Chapter 8. Population Growth, Ecosystem Services, and Human Well-Being \ Lynne Gaffikin

Chapter 9. Numbers Matter: Human Population as a Dynamic Factor in Environmental Degradation \ John Harte

Chapter 10. Environmental Justice in an Urbanizing World \ Gordon McGranahan

Chapter 11. The New Economics of Population Change \ Rachel Nugent

Chapter 12. Food: Will There Be Enough? \ Lester R. Brown

Chapter 13. Understanding the Global Food Crisis: Malthusian Nightmare or Free-Trade Fiasco? \ Walden Bello

Chapter 14. How Much Is Left? An Overview of the Water Crisis \ Eleanor Sterling and Erin Vintinner

Chapter 15. The Biggest Footprint: Population and Consumption in the United States \ Vicky Markham

Chapter 16. Population Growth, Reproductive Health, and the Future of Africa \ Dr. Fred T. Sai

Chapter 17. Cancand#250;n: Paradise Lost \ Adriana Varillas

Chapter 18. The Flip Side: How the Environment Impacts Our Reproductive Health \ Charlotte Brody and Julia Varshavsky

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PART III. Looking Back, Moving Forward

Chapgter 19. Cairo: The Unfinished Revolution \ Carmen Baroso and Steven W. Sinding

Chapter 20. The New Population Challenge \ Judith Bruce and John Bongaarts

Chapter 21. Rethinking U.S. Population Policy \ Suzanne Petroni

Chapter 22. Going to Extremes: Population Politics and Reproductive Rights in Peru \ Susana Chand#225;vez Alvarado and Jacqueline Nolley Echegaray

Chapter 23. Mobilizing Constituencies to Achieve Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for All \ Adrienne Germain

Chapter 24. Women at the Center \ Ellen Chesler

Chapter 25. Taking Stock: Linking Population, Health, and the Environment \ Roger-Mark DeSouza

Chapter 26. From Crisis to Sustainability \ James Gustav Speth

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PART IV. Thoughts for the Journey

Chapter 27. Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights \ Jacqueline Nolley Echegaray and Shira Saperstein

Chapter 28. Over-Breeders and the Population Bomb: The Reemergence of Nativism and Populationand#160; Control in Anti-Immigration Policies \ Priscilla Huang

Chapter 29. Christian Perspectives on Population Issues \ Rev. Dr. James B. Martin-Schramm

Chapter 30. Ecomorality: Toward an Ethic of Sustainability \ Ursula Goodenough

Chapter 31. Reconciling Differences: Population, Reproductive Rights, and the Environment \ Frances Kissling

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Afterword: Work for Justice! \ Laurie Mazur and Shira Saperstein

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781597266628
Subtitle:
Population, Justice, and the Environmental Challenge
Author:
Mazur, Laurie Ann
Author:
Farnsworth Riche, Martha
Author:
Wirth, Tim
Author:
Madsen, Elizabeth Leahy
Author:
Steve Si
Author:
Malea Hoepf Young
Author:
Gaffikin, Lynne
Author:
Martin-Schramm, James B.
Author:
Nugent, Rachel
Author:
Goodenough, Ursula
Author:
Speth, James Gustave
Author:
Saperstein, Shira
Author:
Roger-Mark De Souza
Author:
Gibbs, Susan
Author:
Varshavsky, Julia
Author:
O'Neill, Brian
Author:
Vintinner, Erin
Author:
Postel, Sandra
Author:
Sterling, Eleanor
Author:
nding
Author:
Riche, Martha Farnsworth
Author:
Malone, Elizabeth
Author:
Sai, Fred
Author:
Brody, Charlotte
Author:
Coen, Amy
Author:
Chesler, Ellen
Author:
Huang, Priscilla
Author:
James
Author:
McGranahan, Gordon
Author:
Kissling, Frances
Author:
Brown, Lester R.
Author:
Steffen, Alex
Author:
De Souza, Roger-Mark
Author:
Petroni, Suzanne
Author:
Jacqueline Nolley Echegaray
Author:
Bello, Walden
Author:
Harte, John
Author:
Cohen, Tim
Author:
Sinding, Steve
Author:
Nolley Echegaray, Jacqueline
Author:
Gustave Speth
Author:
Varillas, Adriana
Author:
Hoepf Young, Malea
Author:
Barroso, Carmen
Author:
Chavex Alvarado, Susana
Author:
Markham, Vicky
Author:
Engelman, Robert
Author:
Bongaarts, John
Author:
Susana Chavex Alvarado
Author:
Bruce, Judith
Author:
Germain, Adrienne
Publisher:
Island Press
Subject:
Sustainable Development
Subject:
Social justice
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Demography
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Women's Health.
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20091016
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
photos, figures, notes, index
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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With contributions by leading demographers, environmentalists, and reproductive health advocates, A Pivotal Moment offers a new perspective on the complex connection between population dynamics and environmental quality. It presents the latest research on the relationship between population growth and climate change, ecosystem health, and other environmental issues. It surveys the new demographic landscapeand#151;in which population growth rates have fallen, but human numbers continue to increase. It looks back at the lessons of the last half century while looking forward to population policies that are sustainable and just.
and#160;
A Pivotal Moment embraces the concept of and#147;population justice,and#8221; which holds that inequality is a root cause of both rapid population growth and environmental degradation. By addressing inequalityand#151;both gender and economicand#151;we can reduce growth rates and build a sustainable future.
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