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How might your current work contribute to the sustainability movement?
Our goal is to help solve environmental and social problems by including population size in discussions of those problems. We believe the Transition movement is a pivotal component of the effort.

We work to remove the obstacles that keep human impact [population] from being seriously and rationally discussed in public discourse, and seek to empower people to determine the best population size for their families, regions and the planet. We believe people everywhere have a fundamental right to preserve or improve their quality of life.
In what ways do you personally identify with the Sustainability & Transition movement? Why are you interested?
Building on the Slow Food and Slow Money movements here in Berkeley, our work in the human impact movement explores sustainability through the prism of population, family planning, carbon footprint and human economic activity. There is a lot to be learned and shared within the Transition community and beyond. We see the connection and support of a vibrant network like Transition California as essential to collective understanding of the role human population and other root factors play in transitioning individuals and communities to sustainable models and systems.
What background and skills do you bring to this community?
We are an environmental non-profit dedicated to building awareness of (and solving!) the world's social and environmental problems. We host local and regional events and lectures, and frequently produce original editorial content.
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What aspects of the sustainability movement most interests you?
One of our recent initiatives has been advocating for an economic metric other than GDP, which doesn't measure quality of life or social well-being. In other words, GDP can go up because of its built-in tie to population growth, while median household incomes (and often quality of life) can go down.'s Blog

Water, Water Everywhere? Maybe Not for Long

By Suzanne York,

Another day, another warning by scientists that human beings are pushing the planet to a tipping point. 

At the “Water in the Anthropocene” conference last week in Germany, 500 leading water scientists declared that water is becoming one of the most serious factors that could limit human…


Posted on May 29, 2013 at 3:00pm

Reviving Rivers: A Sign of Hope for the Colorado

By Suzanne York,

With over 7 billion people on the planet, demand for water for household, agricultural, and industrial use is increasing even faster than population growth.  Many areas, such as the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico, are already experiencing competing demands on water in a region heavily…


Posted on May 1, 2013 at 2:54pm

A Week of Happiness: Prioritizing Well-being for Our World

By Suzanne York,


As you recover from the stress of filing taxes, you can take some relief and pleasure in this being Sustainable Happiness Week.  It kicked off on April 13th, and runs through April 20th

Where is it easiest to feel happy?  Check out this…


Posted on April 18, 2013 at 3:02pm

GDP: Improving the “Grossly Distorted Picture”

By Suzanne York. Original posted at…


Posted on February 7, 2013 at 1:56pm

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At 9:04pm on January 22, 2012, Darlene Cavallara said…

Welcome to the Transition California Community and we appreciate your contribution to the relevant subjects related to sustainable living.  Population is a subject that needs to be approached and we imagine it can be challenging to bring it to the table because of the sensitivity many people feel around their own existence being a part of 'population' you say on your website - it appears to be taboo. 

We have our own personal views about overpopulation in regards to unwanted and unplanned pregnancy but because our culture is so sexually dysfunctional it seems like even sharing our own views would just open a can of worms that can quickly turn into biting vipers.  It would be great to initiate some conversation within the safety of this community and we welcome collaboration to evolve this subject into a sane platform for consideration. 


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