The Best Ten
Population People to Know About

Garrett Hardin (1915 - 2003)

As Professor of Human Ecology at UCSB, he was one of the early voices extolling the dangers of overpopulation. Author of many books and articles, including the iconic classic "The tragedy of the Commons".
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Albert Bartlett

Professor emeritus of physics at U.C. Boulder, - Bartlett's mantra is that sustainable growth is an oxymoron. Well known for his video lecture on the exponential function.
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Paul Ehrlich

Bing Professor of Population Studies at Stanford University - well known author on overpopulation. Famous for his bestselling book "The Population Bomb" published in 1968. Together with his wife Anne, The Ehrlichs continue to be prominent voices raising awareness about overpopulation and the environment.
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William Ryerson

The Population Media Center's founder and President, he is one of the most active of all population activists. His name and articles pop up everywhere - he's actually doing something! Go to his website and sign up for his daily email.
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John C. Feeney

Ph. D., Environmental writer, population spokesperson, he is the founder and organizer of Global Population Speak Out - GPSO - an organized world-wide attempt to breakdown the media's reluctance to discuss population issues.

William R. Catton Jr.

Professor Emeritus of Sociology Washington State University. Author of the milestone book - Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change.

Lester R. Brown

Environmental activist, author, founder of the Worldwatch Institute and Earth Policy Institute. Author of Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization. The Washington Post recently called him "One of the world's most influential thinkers".
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E.O. Wilson

Professor of Biology at Harvard University - sometimes referred to as "The Father of Biodiversity". Though not usually a spokesperson regarding human overpopulation, his views on the current "sixth extinction of species" lead to only one conclusion…

Alan Wiseman

Author of the best selling book "The World Without Us" - a detailed speculation on what the world would become after humans are gone. Near the end of the book, Weisman discusses the concept of "one child per female" as a way to avoid humanity's blind march to self-destruction. He has, subsequent to the publishing of the book, been one of the few people willing to discuss the "one child" solution.
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John P. Holdren

Last, but certainly not least, Holdren has recently (12/20/08) been appointed President Obama's chief advisor on Science and Technology. Holdren has been a long-time, passionate, spokesperson about overpopulation and climate change. He is the best hope so far for at least some discussion of these issues at the highest levels.
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