edited by Laurie Ann Mazur
contributions by Elizabeth Leahy Madsen, Amy Coen, Lynne Gaffikin, John Harte, Gordon McGranahan, Rachel Nugent, Lester R Brown, Walden Bello, Eleanor Sterling, Erin Vintinner, Martha Farnsworth Riche, Vicky Markham, Julia Varshavsky, Carmen Barroso, Judith Bruce, John Bongaarts, Suzanne Petroni, Susana Chavex Alvarado, Jacqueline Nolley Echegaray, Adrienne Germain, Ellen Chesler, Steve Sinding, Roger-Mark De Souza, James Gustave Speth, Shira Saperstein, Priscilla Huang, James B Martin-Schramm, Ursula Goodenough, Frances Kissling, Sandra Postel, Fred Sai, Alex Steffen, Tim Wirth, Adriana Varillas, Malea Hoepf Young, Charlotte Brody, Tim Cohen, Susan Gibbs, Brian O'Neill, Robert Engelman and Elizabeth Malone
Island Press, 2010
Paper: 978-1-59726-662-8 | eISBN: 978-1-61091-141-2 | Cloth: 978-1-59726-661-1
Library of Congress Classification HB849.415.P58 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 304.6


With contributions by leading demographers, environmentalists, and reproductive health advocates, A Pivotal Moment offers a new perspective on the complex connection between population dynamics and environmental quality. It presents the latest research on the relationship between population growth and climate change, ecosystem health, and other environmental issues. It surveys the new demographic landscape—in which population growth rates have fallen, but human numbers continue to increase. It looks back at the lessons of the last half century while looking forward to population policies that are sustainable and just.

A Pivotal Moment embraces the concept of “population justice,” which holds that inequality is a root cause of both rapid population growth and environmental degradation. By addressing inequality—both gender and economic—we can reduce growth rates and build a sustainable future.

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