Having Kids partners with faculty and students from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work, Institute for Human-Animal Connection to study the impact of the Fair Start model in communities.
Jane Roberts is the co-founder of 34 Million Friends of the UN Population Fund and is considered one of the leading voices moving the world towards universal access to family planning and improving all aspects of reproductive health.
Population Media Center contributes to a sustainable planet with equal rights for all by creating hit entertainment — TV, radio and internet shows — that score big ratings and draw huge audiences. But this isn’t your average entertainment. Our fictional stories positively address some of the world’s most critical social and environmental challenges. We are firmly committed to ecological sustainability, women’s independence and leadership, and smaller, planned families. We pursue these goals all around the world, yet audiences are never told what to do. Instead, through amazing stories — and character development that inspires, educates, and motivates — our shows reliably help people live healthier and more prosperous lives. Ultimately, Population Media Center works hard to ensure that women are able to control their own bodies and determine their own futures. This is also a key victory in slowing and stopping global population growth. We dream of a future where human population has stabilized at a level that leaves plenty of room for other species to thrive and prosper and all people can share, in comfort and good health, the sustainable yield of the Earth’s renewable resources.
Voices for Biodiversity is an online, multimedia platform that shares the stories of people from around the globe about their experiences with biodiversity and other species. Our primary focus is on sharing the voices of those who usually would not be heard: indigenous and local peoples, women, youth, and others. This approach has resulted in the creation of a growing, interactive global community of people from all walks of life, who not only share their stories with the world, but also become resources for each other to take action to protect biodiversity and other species.
“Smaller families are more prosperous families. They are able to form communities that invest more resources, time, and love into their children’s education. It impacts economic inequality and childhood development in profound and meaningful ways. It is also a pathway to significant reductions in greenhouse gases and global warming. Without question, a planned family is the pathway to a better future for everyone. With a new universal and human rights-based system, like the child-first Fair Start model, we can move towards a brilliant and holistic approach to family planning. It’s time for a change.”
Michael Shank, Ph.D., is the Communications Director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, a group of international cities committed to achieving aggressive long-term carbon reduction goals. Michael’s professional career includes leading press and/or policy shops at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Climate Nexus (clients included the United Nations, Vatican City, The White House, and Fortune 500 Companies), Friends Committee on National Legislation, U.S. Congress (Mike Honda), Institute for Economics and Peace, Biodiversity Northwest, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance and more.
Michael’s academic career includes a Ph.D. from George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and is focused on climate conflict. Michael is adjunct faculty at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs, where he teaches graduate courses on Sustainable Development, Power and Politics and Climate and Security. Shank is also adjunct faculty and a board member at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, where he teaches graduate courses on Communicating Conflict.
Michael is a former columnist for the Washington Post and US News & World Report and a contributor to USA Today, CNN, The Guardian, TIME, Fast Company, MSNBC and more.
Michael lives in Brandon, Vermont, chairs the town’s Planning Commission and Energy Committee and serves on the boards of Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce, Safer Society Foundation, Friends of Brandon Town Hall and Compass Music and Arts Foundation.
Alexandra is an actress who has appeared in over 100 films and television shows. She is most known for her 5 year stint on the tv show Baywatch.
According to Alexandra: “The brilliant part of the Having Kids’ approach is the move from a parent-centric family planning model (‘Hmmm, how many kids do I want? What do I want my family to look like?’) to a child-centric paradigm prioritizing the needs of the children (‘What is the best family size for my kid, on a personal, community and global scale?’). Looking at the world this way takes into consideration environmental, economic and quality of life issues and puts us on the path of creating a more equitable world for future generations. It has changed the way I look at the work I do on the human overpopulation issue.”
Alexandra started her environmental activism at age 7, when she wrote to the President of the United States about pollution. Since then, she has won the International Green Cross award for environmental leadership in Hollywood and the United Nations has honored her for her work on the human overpopulation issue. Alexandra was the ACLU of Southern California’s 2005 Activist of the Year for her history of environmentalism, voter registration and peace advocacy. More recently, Last Chance For Animals named her 2014 Vegan of the Year.
Alexandra has been driving electric cars for 30 years and was featured in the documentary Who Killed the Electric car. She has produced an award winning educational film on overpopulation, and her TEDx talk on the benefits of small families has over 500,000 views. Alexandra volunteered in Sierra Leone with Population Media Center and last year spoke at George Washington University, Peirce College and Scripps Institution of Oceanography on the importance of lowering human numbers.
She is pissed off that people who care about climate change are not talking about overpopulation.
Lee Badger is a retired mathematician whose areas of interest included logic and natural resource modeling. Originally from North Missouri, he currently lives in Ogden, Utah.
Wayne Hsiung is an American attorney and activist. Hsiung is a co-founder of the animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE).[Prior to founding DxE, Wayne was a lawyer with the law firms DLA Piper and Steptoe & Johnson, a Searle Fellow and visiting assistant professor at the Northwestern University School of Law, and an NSF Graduate Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Per Wayne, “given the overwhelming impact on animals, I support reforms that promote smaller and more equitable families.”
“I care because: The Fair Start Revolution feels like the very paradigm shift we most need right now as the globe faces multiple crises. Prioritizing the rights and healthy development of our youngest citizens is the most efficient way to support our communities right now AND it super-charges our ability to prevent and solve problems over time. Nothing matters more than this paradigm shift.
Nelson Hyde Chick:
“Every argument that we have a population problem due to not enough people being born has its basis in economics, but the environment trumps economics because if we can’t breathe the air, drink the water or eat the food from the earth a paycheck is meaningless. Humanity shrinking, no matter how the demographics play out, is not a population crisis but a population opportunity, an opportunity for the Earth to heal to better nurture future generations. We shouldn’t be punishing current generations to prop-up an economic model that is going to lead us to environmental disaster. “
What Our Supporters Are Saying
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– Trisha H.
“I didn’t grow up thinking I would never have children, and it took me a long time to come to this position, but now I see that my decision was the most proactive thing I could have done for our planet, the other species, and for my fellow human beings. Now I want to move to the next level, and ensure that when others do plan to have kids, they do so in a way that actually accounts for the needs of future children, our communities, and the natural world. That’s why I support the child-focused Fair Start family planning model over our current parent-focused / “nobody else’s business“ way of having kids. – Matthew Webber