Since 1992, Population Institute Canada (PIC) has advocated population stabilization, including smaller families, by promoting non-coercive, universal, low-cost access to family planning. We believe this is central to achieving poverty alleviation, gender equality, and a more just, sustainable and healthy future for all.
PIC campaigns for recognition and public discussion of the negative impacts – environmental, economic and social – of burgeoning growth in human numbers. Chief among the consequences of overpopulation are:
- global food, water and energy shortages;
- natural resource depletion, including fisheries and arable land;
- deforestation, desertification, soil exhaustion and biodiversity loss;
- mounting greenhouse gas emissions, climate change and, less obvious;
- an inevitable rise in political instability and social conflict world-wide.
PIC receives no government or corporate funding, but depends solely on members and private donors for financial support. We operate thanks largely to volunteers. Due to its uncompromising advocacy work on this sensitive subject, PIC does not qualify as a registered Canadian charity.
However, with your help we can, and will, continue to challenge the popular view that growth is a social ideal – that “bigger is better” and “more is best.” We will promote the viewpoint that small families are sustainable, often healthier, happier families, and, as the UN notes, that:
“…family planning could bring more benefits to more people at less cost than any other single technology available to the human race.”
You can help by leaving a bequest to PIC when considering your financial and estate planning. Bequests help ensure that PIC continues its educational, consciousness-raising work on the perils of global overpopulation, as it campaigns to ensure a sustainable balance between humans and the planet.
You may decide to seek professional advice to ensure that your wishes are carried out smoothly, and to avoid associated legal and financial difficulties. Otherwise, the following directives, approved by an Ontario lawyer, are suggested instructions to incorporate in your Will when leaving a bequest to PIC: