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Human Population Growth and Wildlife Extinction

There are more than 7 billion people on the planet, and we're adding 227,000 more every day. The toll on wildlife is impossible to miss. Most biologists agree that we're in the midst of the Earth's sixth mass extinction event. This time, it's because of our unsustainable human population growth and overconsumption. 

We need to address these issues before it's too late. We can reduce our own population and consumption to an ecologically sustainable level in ways that promote human rights; decrease poverty and overcrowding; raise our standard of living; and allow plants, animals and ecosystems to thrive. 

It’s time to talk about our unsustainable population growth, overconsumption and the wildlife extinction crisis. Join the conversation.

This video originally appeared on the Center's YouTube channel.

Banner photo collage credits: Development courtesy Flickr/Capt' Gorgeous; hiking child courtesy Flickr/Trevor Manternach