[Coral-List] Reminder: World Population Day Hangout 2pm ET!

Szmant, Alina szmanta at uncw.edu
Fri Jul 11 12:33:49 EDT 2014

Human numbers. high sustained rate of human population growth, number of people eating fishes, number of people living in coastal areas, cutting down trees for food production or charcoal, or palm oil plantations, using fossil fuels for all kinds of activities, doing everything we all do every hour of every day...these are what is responsible for climate change and everything else  that is contributing to coral reef degradation (and of every other ecosystem on Earth...coral reefs are in good company).  I am glad to see the Sierra Club once again taking up the banner of raising awareness to the issue of reducing human numbers that it and so many other NGOs have dropped over the past 30 years.  It is partnering with Population Connection to try to get this issue back into public discussion.  I suggest those of you who are not really aware of the human tragedy of this planet participate in the event advertised in the email below.  It starts in 1.5 hours.  This needs to become the issue of the day.  Everything else pales by comparison.

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” Eleanor Roosevelt

“The time is always right to do what is right”  Martin Luther King

Dr. Alina M. Szmant
Professor of Marine Biology
AAUS Scientific Diving Lifetime Achievement Awardee
Center for Marine Science
University of North Carolina Wilmington
5600 Marvin Moss Ln
Wilmington NC 28409 USA
tel:  910-962-2362  fax: 910-962-2410  cell: 910-200-3913
From: Kimberly Lovell, Sierra Club [kimberly.lovell at sierraclub.org]
Sent: Friday, July 11, 2014 11:52 AM
To: Szmant, Alina
Subject: Reminder: World Population Day Hangout 2pm ET!


Dear Alina,

Today is World Population Day and we’re excited you are planning to join us for our first-ever Google Hangout! At 2:00 p.m. eastern today, please follow this link to participate:


We have an amazing lineup of speakers ready to answer your questions about population issues and their impact on the environment. Here’s a little more information on who you’ll see today:

Sierra Club’s Global Population and Environment Program believes that healthy people and a healthy environment go hand in hand. We work to protect the global environment, preserve natural resources for future generations, and ensure healthy, thriving families and communities by promoting global reproductive health, reproductive rights and sustainable development initiatives.
Twitter: @scpopenviro<http://action.sierraclub.org/site/R?i=KMS2C2yul7id4j1GUnKgkA>
Web: www.sierraclub.org/population<http://action.sierraclub.org/site/R?i=jF7evhiBHI_tBeoR8QfDzw>

Our co-host, Population Connection has been America's voice for population stabilization—we are the largest grassroots population organization in the United States! We have 150,000+ members, supporters, and participating educators.
Twitter: @popconnect <http://action.sierraclub.org/site/R?i=5FPq3t7M__2ujslsCg52Zw>
Web: www.populationconnection.org<http://action.sierraclub.org/site/R?i=WqAr622xOKYIizRVkKDZjA>

Population Action International advocates for women and families to have access to contraception in order to improve their health, reduce poverty and protect their environment. Our research and advocacy strengthen U.S. and international assistance for family planning. We work with local and national leaders in developing countries to improve their reproductive health care programs and policies.
Twitter: @popact <http://action.sierraclub.org/site/R?i=UBIbumulvGXiJWuZVFwCCg>
Web: www.populationaction.org <http://action.sierraclub.org/site/R?i=9Hw7d9V5W_bUWd5HMQyd5Q>

Blue Ventures is a science-led social enterprise that works with coastal communities to develop transformative approaches for nurturing and sustaining locally led marine conservation We work in places where the ocean is vital to local people, cultures and economies, and where there is a fundamental need to support human development.
Twitter: @BlueVentures <http://action.sierraclub.org/site/R?i=5wL85mev7AFZUu3PnixbrA>
Web: www.blueventures.org<http://action.sierraclub.org/site/R?i=DaB1c-d3ixjVIZ4ZXHrfzw>

Barbara Lee is the U.S. Representative for California's 13th congressional district. Barbara Lee has been a champion for family planning, women's health and the environment throughout her Congressional career, sponsoring legislation like her recent resolution to address the disproportionate impact of climate change on women.
Twitter: @repbarbaralee <http://action.sierraclub.org/site/R?i=g_cIM6aPe2BvP6oyxYVHLA>
Web: www.lee.house.gov <http://action.sierraclub.org/site/R?i=uvZtScflYDjzQuVjfIxvBQ>

This year, we teamed up with Population Connection to give everyone a chance to test their knowledge of population issues. If you haven’t already done so, take our POP Quiz to see where you stand!<http://action.sierraclub.org/site/R?i=9NtY80eu4bQvLRhce9mJ5w>

Here’s the link again to watch the Hangout<http://action.sierraclub.org/site/R?i=2F1Qvci1o0kJ4bOD-d7BCA>. Get your questions ready!


Kimberly Lovell

P.S. Are you live-tweeting? Be sure to use #WorldPopulationDay<http://action.sierraclub.org/site/R?i=AicJY9YqYmSFMQJiXKrVfA>!

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