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The Crowded GreenhousePopulation, Climate Change, and Creating a Sustainable World$
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John Firor and Judith Jacobsen

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300093209

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300093209.001.0001

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U.S. Population Activism in the New Century

U.S. Population Activism in the New Century

(p.80) 4 U.S. Population Activism in the New Century
The Crowded Greenhouse

John Firor

Yale University Press

This chapter explains how activists can best approach the population issue in the United States. It argues for a rather new approach, one that resonates with Cairo rather than with the older tradition in which the roots of most American population activism lie. The chapter finds that there are probably more self-described American population activists than of any other nationality, with a movement more than three decades old and several large national organizations focused on population matters. U.S. activists work to affect the fertility and growth rates of the country, which has the third-largest population in the world and is the most rapidly growing industrialized country of any size. The chapter reveals that how well U.S. population activists do their job may determine a great deal about population issues, both domestic and international.

Keywords:   population activists, population activism, fertility, consumption patterns, technology

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