Population and sustainability 2021 webinar film series resources 

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The Center for Biological Diversity's Population and Sustainability Program, in partnership with multiple organizations, is facilitating a 2021 film and webinar series about issues related to population, environment, empowerment and health. Below you’ll find the resources shared during the panel discussions as well as additional ways to take action.


February 18To Kid or Not to Kid panel discussion with film director Maxine Trump and Kristie Duff, Young Leader from Women Deliver.

Film summary:

The film explores family planning, the decision to be child-free and how these choices are connected to the environment.

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April 29Our Gorongosa panel discussion with Larissa Sousa, a staff member at Gorongosa National Park and Sara Inés Lara from Women for Conservation.

Film summary:

In the film, a young Mozambican elephant ecologist shares the inspiring story of how the park is becoming a new model for wildlife conservation and community development in Africa, with a special focus on educating girls and empowering women.

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June 248 Billion Angels panel discussion with Terry Spahr, producer of the documentary and Nandita Bajaj from World Population Balance.

Film summary:

The film describes how population pressure threatens our oceans, rivers, land, and air — and how solutions including women's empowerment and transitioning away from fossil fuels can get us back on track.


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How to talk about population and family planning:

  • If you’re wondering how to start contraceptive conversations with your doctor, family or partner look at the BeforePlay.org website.
  • If you want to learn how to talk about making the connection between contraception and conservation, check out our Endangered Species Condoms site. While there, sign-up to give away free condoms.
  • Finally, watch this video from the Center’s Population and Sustainability team to learn how to talk about these issues in ways that support anti-racism communication, equity and reproductive justice allies.


More ways to take action - Policy Resources:

Abortion Policy Differences



  • Ask the Food and Drug Administration to permanently lift medically unnecessary restrictions on mifepristone, allowing in-home care beyond the pandemic timeframe. The safe and effective drug is used for medication abortion in over a third of abortion procedures nationwide.
  • Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act- The U.S. has the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world and the crisis is most severe for Black moms, who are dying at 3 to 4 times the rate of their white counterparts. To address this crisis, the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act would make critical investments in social determinants of health that influence maternal health outcomes like housing, transportation and nutrition. It would support moms with mental health conditions and substance use disorders and invest in community-based initiatives to reduce levels of and exposure to climate change-related risks for moms and babies, along with much more. Reach out to your members of Congress to make your voice heard about why this issue matters to you.
  • HEAL for Immigrant Families Act- This would remove unnecessary barriers to health care access for immigrant families by: Providing access to public and affordable health coverage for Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients; Providing access to Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to lawfully present immigrants without a five-year waiting period; And allowing undocumented immigrants to purchase health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace and obtain premium-tax credits and cost-sharing reductions. Sign the petition: Every person should be able to get the health care they need, regardless of how long they’ve been in the U.S. or the status they’ve been granted.