Topic » Environment

Rapid population growth creates pressure on basic resources such as water, forests and land, as well as threatening plant and animal species with extinction. Providing family planning to the millions of couples who want it can reduce this pressure.

PAI research shows that family planning and natural resource conservation are an effective combination that can improve economic development, public health and environmental sustainability. PAI advocates that reproductive health always be included among the components of international development programs.



Weathering Change Trailer

September 21, 2011

Weathering Change follows women in Ethiopia, Nepal and Peru as they struggle to care for their families while enduring crop failure and water scarcity. The film explores how family planning can help women adapt to environmental challenges to their health and livelihood. Continue reading »


You’re Invited to the Premiere of Weathering Change

September 13, 2011

  Please join Population Action International and the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program for a screening and discussion of PAI’s new short documentary Weathering Change: Stories about climate and family from women around the world Weathering Change … Continue reading »

Advocacy Guide

Population and Environment: Where We’re Headed and What We Can Do

May 20, 2011

Many environmental problems will be easier to address if world population peaks at 8 billion rather than 11 billion. The good news: there is already a global consensus on how to slow population growth, with programs that improve human well-being … Continue reading »



Let the Human Face of Climate Change Emerge in Copenhagen

December 14, 2009

As the Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) convenes in Copenhagen for its 15th  meeting, all eyes are  on targets to reduce carbon emissions.  At the same time, the irony of climate … Continue reading »


The Human Faces of Climate Change in Ethiopia

December 4, 2009

Originally published on RH Reality Check The old adage, think globally and act locally, should be heeded in discussing solutions to climate change.  While changes in industrialized country consumption patterns and technological solutions are needed to help stop the flow … Continue reading »


Linking Population, Fertility and Family Planning with Adaptation to Climate Change: Views from Ethiopia

December 3, 2009

Aklilu Kidanu, Kimberly Rovin and Karen Hardee As global climate change unfolds, its effects are being felt disproportionately in the world’s poorest countries and among the groups of people least able to cope. Many of the countries hardest hit by … Continue reading »



Climate Change, Population Growth and Reproductive Health: It’s About More Than Reducing Emissions

September 29, 2009

by Kathleen Mogelgaard and Karen Hardee This is a big week in the march towards the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December, where world leaders are expected to hammer out a new global treaty to address the problem. … Continue reading »


Family Planning Benefits Malagasy Women and the Environment

August 12, 2009

Kame Westerman is PAI’s Climate Change Intern. She is a current graduate student in Sustainable Development & Conservation Biology at the University of Maryland. As an environment volunteer with the Peace Corps, I was given the task of visiting outlying … Continue reading »


If I Knew Then What I Know Now

April 14, 2009

Jasmine Wilkins is a graduate of the College of William and Mary . She is serving as New Project Development Intern at Population Action International for the Spring 2009 semester. As a Peace Corps Volunteer you’re assigned to work with … Continue reading »


Ethiopian Farmers Talk about Population Pressure

December 15, 2008

“We farmers don’t have access to family planning and we are moving more and more into poverty.” As the world focuses on the outcomes of the meeting on climate change that just concluded in Poznan, Poland, I am sitting in … Continue reading »